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|Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-11-017
Date: September 2011
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With an aging bridge inventory, increases in traffic and congestion, limited funding, and rising costs for labor and materials, State and local transportation agencies face significant challenges in addressing their bridge preservation and replacement needs. More than 30 percent of the Nation’s bridges have exceeded their 50-year theoretical design life and are in need of various levels of repairs, rehabilitation, or replacement. This makes it more vital than ever for agencies to adopt strategic and systematic processes for bridge preservation as an integral component of their overall management of bridge assets.
Say hello to superior strength and durability with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC). A new TechNote released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Ultra-High Performance Concrete (Pub. No. FHWA-HRT-11-038), provides transportation agencies with an introduction to UHPC and discusses its applications and capabilities. “The mechanical and durability properties of UHPC make it an ideal candidate for developing new solutions to pressing concerns about highway infrastructure deterioration, repair, and replacement,” said Ben Graybeal of FHWA.
Share your transportation construction best practices, identify proven solutions to project challenges, and learn from your peers as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) launches its Construction Peer Network (CPN) this fall. Using regional peer exchanges and new products such as a Program Information Tool (PI Tool), the CPN will bring States together to discuss benefits realized and lessons learned as they implement more effective construction practices.
Learn how global positioning system (GPS) technology can be used to improve transportation construction operations and quality with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) free Web-based course, GPS Technology (Course No. FHWA-NHI-134078). Developed by the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC), the course is available through FHWA’s National Highway Institute (NHI).
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