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|Publication Number: Date: January/February 2000|
Issue No: Vol. 63 No. 4
Date: January/February 2000
by Christopher A. Monk and Joseph Moyer
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) undertook a six-year research program focused on issued related to in-vehicle information displays in order to provide design assistance to advanced in-vehicle systems engineers.
by James A. Arnold, Rudy Persaud, and David Smallen
The Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System, which will be operational across the country by 2002, will provide such precise, real-time location information that it will create an ever-increasing number of applications.
by Donald Tuggle
The National Quality Initiative, a partnership of FHWA and 12 other highway-related organizations, presented its achievement awards to states with highway projects that demonstrate the quality process and results, customer focus, teamwork, innovation and value, and long-term improvement.
by David Smallen
The Department of Transportation's approach to research emphasizes cooperation, information-sharing, and development of formal research agendas among the agencies within the department and across the federal government. It also promotes partnerships with state and local governments, academia, and the private sector to encourage innovation and accelerate implementation.
by David Seltzer
Recent federal legislation continues the trend of introducing "innovative finance" techniques. Two prominent financing programs that have attracted particular attention are "GARVEE bonds" and "THMA".
by Richard Barrows, and Brian Allen
The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program has been used extensively since 1977 on federal lands such as national forests, national parks, Bureau of Land Management lands, Indian reservations, and wildlife refuges for emergency relief from natural disasters or catastrophic failures. But, in March 1996, the Western Federal Lands Highway Division formed a cross-functional team to respond to the large number of requests for assistance.
by Jim Sorenson
If we take a proactive approach in maintaining our existing highways, we can reduce costly, time-consuming rehabilitation and reconstruction and the associated traffic disruptions - improving mobility, reducing congestion, and providing safer, smoother, longer lasting pavements.
by Linda L. Brown
FHWA is completing the first substantial rewriting of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in more than 20 years. This manual contains the standards and guidance for the design and use of signs, pavement markings, traffic signals, and other traffic control devices.
by Glenn A. Washer
This article provides an overview of FHWA's program for developing nondestructive evaluation technologies for the inspection and evaluation of highway infrastructure.