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November 1999Publication Number: FHWA-RD-99-109

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting applications for a new loaned staff position. The loaned staffer will spend up to 12 months at TRB's office in Washington, DC, working on projects related to the Superpave system, the long-term pavement performance program, and portland cement concrete. The position is open to engineers in highway agencies worldwide.

"The loaned staff program provides a good opportunity for an engineer to go to TRB and gain a lot of knowledge and experience," says Don Lucas of Indiana Department of Transportation (DOT).

Under the loaned staff program, salary and benefits are paid by the home agency. TRB will defray living expenses associated with the temporary positions and will pay job-related travel costs. For more information, contact Neil Hawks at TRB, 202-334-1430 (fax: 202-334-3471; email:

With the 20-year long-term pavement performance (LTPP) program more than halfway through and construction complete on the specific pavement studies (SPS) test sections, the focus is now on data collection from those sites. The state of the SPS data collection will be reviewed at an upcoming LTPP SPS Workshop, to be held April 27-28, 2000, in Newport, Rhode Island. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference on "Engineering Pavements in the 21st Century."

The workshop will cover SPS-1 (new flexible pavements), SPS-2 (new rigid pavements), SPS-5 (rehabilitated flexible pavements), and SPS-6 (rehabilitated rigid pavements) projects. Participants will discuss the States' expectations for these projects, as well as new engineering products resulting from the data analysis.

The workshop is designed for State, Federal, industry, and consulting engineers and managers. The deadline for conference registration is February 1, 2000. There is a registration fee of $125. Registration forms are available from the Rhode Island DOT on the Internet at For more information, contact Bill Bellinger at Federal Highway Administration, 202-493-3156 (fax: 202-493-3161; email:

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