AASHTO Approves Continued Funding for SHRP Implementation and LTPP Programs
The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) was conceived, managed,
and funded by State departments of transportation (DOTs). When
the DOTs realized that the implementation of SHRP products and
the future of the long-term pavement performance (LTPP) studies
were threatened by a lack of designated funding in TEA-21 this
year, they came out strongly in support of the need for continued
funding. This support led to a series of resolutions drafted by
several AASHTO committees (see November 1998 Focus).
Those resolutions bore fruit. At the AASHTO annual meeting in
November, the AASHTO Board of Directors passed a resolution that
provides $5.6 million for Superpave implementation and $4.7 million
for the LTPP studies in fiscal year (FY) 1999. Funding will be
provided through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program
The Board of Directors also recommended that the percentage of
State Planning and Research funds allocated to NCHRP be increased
beginning in FY 2000 from its present 5.5 percent to a level to
be determined by AASHTO's Standing Committee on Research (SCOR).
The additional funding would be used to support SHRP and LTPP
research and implementation activities, as well as additional
research needs. SCOR is to forward its recommendation to the Standing
Committee on Highways and the Board of Directors in April, and
the resolution stipulates that, once the percentage is approved,
it will remain at that level through FY 2003, "or until the
Congress acts to restore adequate funding for the support of SHRP
implementation and the LTPP Program, or the AASHTO Board of Directors
"We're very pleased that the board passed the resolution," says
John Conrad, chairman of the AASHTO Task Force on SHRP Implementation
and assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
"We worked really hard at finding a solution that was acceptable
and that would address people's concerns about continuing SHRP implementation
and LTPP research, as well as funding other research needs."
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