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|May 1996||Publication Number: FHWA-SA-96-016|
Articles in this Issue
For an up-to-date look at the showcase workshop schedules, check the on-line SHRP Information Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse also contains timely information on the full range of SHRP implementation activities, as well as a directory of people involved in those activities. To request a free copy of the software needed to access the Clearinghouse, call Kimeerly Moody at 202-682-3739 (fax: 202-682-2535). The software runs on IBM-compatible computers and requires a 9600-baud or faster modem.
Mike Halladay has been named SHRP Implementation Coordinator in FHWA's Office of Technology Applications. He replaces Tommy Beatty, who was recently appointed administrator of the Delaware Division of FHWA.
Engineers attending the pilot high-performance concrete (HPC) for bridges showcase workshop, held March 25-27 in Houston, Texas, got a look at the first U.S. bridge being built with HPC, a technology evaluated under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). The Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) hopes that the bridge--the Louetta Road overpass--will have a useful life of 75 to 100 years, roughly double the average life of a standard bridge.
If sand from winter maintenance operations is turning up in nearby bodies of water, what's the best response? For the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT), the answer is to use less abrasives in the first place--a feat made possible by using a road weather information system (RWIS) coupled with an anti-icing strategy.
The second generation prototype of the portable crash cushion trailer is now ready for field testing. Initially developed as part of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), the device allows work crews to quickly deploy sand-filled barrels to close a traffic lane or shield construction equipment in a work zone. The barrels can be used at work sites and stationary obstacles to protect highway workers and cushion the impact of a crash.
To get a head start on what next winter may bring, State highway maintenance managers and operators have been attending Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) snow and ice control showcase workshops to learn about innovative technologies that can help them plow snow and treat roads more effectively.
This 1.5-day workshop will give you a first-hand look at what's involved in designing and building Superpave pavements.
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration