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|June 2004||Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-026|
Your Pavement and Materials Connection
They’re all about pavements. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Pavement and Materials Technical Service Team (TST) offers information and technology to help State and local agencies and others design and build better pavements. Headquartered in FHWA’s Resource Center office in Atlanta, Georgia, the team also has members located across the country. The team is one of 10 new specialized TSTs created by FHWA in 2003.
“Our biggest initiative this year is the introduction of the forthcoming Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide for New and Rehabilitated Pavement Structures. We will be working with FHWA’s Design Guide Implementation Team to host workshops nationwide,” says team leader Monte Symons of FHWA. The workshops will help State highway agency and FHWA staff get ready to use the new Guide.
Working in partnership with FHWA’s Office of Asset Management and Division Offices, new pavement technologies that the team is promoting include the high-speed Rolling Wheel Deflectometer (RWD), which measures pavement deflections under a moving truck wheel load. The RWD consists of a single axle, dual-wheeled semi trailer equipped with four spot lasers mounted on a beam beneath the trailer. Measurements can be collected while traveling at 64 to 80 km/h (40 to 50 mi/h). “A prototype of the device is available and we are encouraging States to take a look at it and try it out,” says Symons. Because it allows faster data collection, the device can be used on a network basis, not just for collecting data on individual road projects.
The team offers courses and workshops on such topics as:
Three additional members will be joining the team over the next several months. Steve Mueller will be located in Denver, Colorado; Chris Wagner in Atlanta, Georgia; and Dennis Dvorak in Olympia Fields, Illinois.
For information or assistance, contact one of the team members listed in the sidebar or Monte Symons at 404-562-4782 (fax: 404-562-3700; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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