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February 1996Publication Number: FHWA-SA-96-013

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In Brief

Highway engineers and technicians seeking Superpave training are having an easier time finding it, as more and more States begin offering workshops and courses on the Superpave system. Case in point: The Michigan Transportation Technology Center, located at Michigan Technological University, held a Superpave workshop for 22 engineers and inspectors in December. The 4-day workshop included both classroom and laboratory sessions on asphalt binder analysis and volumetric mix design.

A second workshop is scheduled this month. The workshops are jointly sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation, local highway agencies, universities, private industry, and the Federal Highway Administration.

As we learn of other workshops and training programs, we'll announce their availability in the calendar section of Focus.

Implementation of SHRP technologies is an important element of the Federal Highway Administration's recently updated strategic plan. The plan, titled FHWA National Strategic Plan 1996: Highways Make the Connection, outlines FHWA's goals and objectives "to successfully close out the Interstate era and lay the future transportation foundation for our Nation."

Under the objective "Technology is used to improve quality, durability, and cost effectiveness of transportation systems," FWHA has set the following goals in support of the implementation of SHRP products:

  • Thirty-five SHRP technology showcase workshops will be presented by September 1996.
  • The Superpave binder specifications will be adopted by one-third of the States by September 1997, and the Superpave volumetric mix design system will be adopted by 2000.

To request a copy of FHWA's National Strategic Plan 1996 (publication number FHWA-AD-95-019), call 202-366-9393 (fax: 202-366-7495).

Jim Koan, who was a key player in FHWA's program to test, evaluate, and implement the SHRP work zone safety equipment, has retired after 34 years with the agency.

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