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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-020
Date: August 2003

New Web Site Puts Highway Specifications at Your Fingertips

Thousands of highway construction specifications from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are now instantly available online at the new National Highway Specifications Web site (http://specs.fhwa.dot.gov/nhswp/index.jsp). The site is a collaborative effort of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). It serves as a clearinghouse and electronic library where users can search, review, cross-reference, and download current specifications and other specification-related documents. Previously, locating and retrieving current specifications was a time consuming and often tedious process. While more State highway agencies are putting their construction specifications online, finding and navigating the various Web sites can still be difficult. And in addition to the various State specifications, more than 20 national trade organizations and several Federal agencies issue specifications and rules affecting highway construction.

Screenshot of new National Highway Specifications Web site

"Consolidation of these multiple sources of documentation in one place will benefit highway agencies, contractors, construction engineers, and researchers. Electronic access, indexing, and search features will save time and money for all users while improving practices and promoting higher quality in construction end products," says Ken Jacoby of FHWA.

Documents included on the site are:

The site also features discussion forums on such topics as performance-related specifications, design-build, warranty specifications, and quality assurance. And users can find links to specification-related Web sites hosted by highway agencies and others. In consolidating information nationwide on highway specifications, "the National Highway Specifications Web site is helping to advance the concepts of e-government by using the power of the Internet to remove Federal and State Government organizational barriers, improve the operational efficiency of the Government, and expand the range and quality of government services available to the public," says Jacoby.

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Thousands of highway construction specifications are now available online at the National Highway Specifications Web site.

To learn more about the National Highway Specifications Web site, contact Ken Jacoby at FHWA, 202-366-6503 (fax: 202-366-9981; email: ken.jacoby@fhwa.dot.gov).

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