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June 2004Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-026

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In Brief

Numerous technical advisories on various pavement topics are now available on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Pavement Technology Web site at The advisories provide technical guidance and information on recommended practices. Advisories currently listed are:

  • Asphalt Concrete Mix Design and Field Control
  • Paved Shoulders
  • Concrete Pavement Joints
  • Open Graded Friction Courses
  • Use of Coal Ash in Embankments and Bases
  • Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement
  • Development and Review of Specifications
  • Texturing and Skid Resistance of Concrete Pavements and Bridge Decks.

Encouraging students, professors, and highway engineers from around the world to get involved in using the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program database is the goal of the Fifth International Contest on LTPP Data Analysis. Contest participants can work individually or in teams to develop papers that will benefit the transportation community. The event is cosponsored by FHWA and the Transportation and Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The contest has four categories:

  1. Undergraduate students (individual or team entry)
  2. Graduate students (individual or team entry)
  3. Partnership (Students can partner with a highway agency or consultants)
  4. Curriculum (Professors can submit course curricula developed using the LTPP data).

Entries are judged on:

  • Usefulness and potential benefit to end users
  • Originality of concept and demonstrated use of the LTPP database
  • Organization and presentation of the paper.

In the undergraduate, graduate, and partnership categories, winners will receive a first place prize of $1,500; a second place prize of $1,000; and a third place prize of $500. The curriculum category winner will receive $1,000.

The contest deadline is August 16, 2004. Visit for more information, including a contest guide and winning entries from previous contests. Information is also available from Antonio Nieves at FHWA, 202-493-3074 (fax: 202-493-3161; email:

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