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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-040
Date: March 2005
Office of Research, Development, and Technology FY 2004 Performance Report
The FHWA R&T Program
FHWA's mission is enhancing mobility through innovation, leadership, and public service. FHWA faces the continuous challenge of enhancing the movement of people and goods from one place to another, while ensuring the safety and security of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.
Major FHWA programs include the Federal-Aid Highway Program, which provides Federal financial assistance to the States to construct and improve the National Highway System (NHS), urban and rural roads, and bridges. In addition, the Federal Lands Highway Program provides access to and within national forests, national parks, Indian reservations, and other public lands by preparing plans and contracts, supervising construction of facilities, and conducting bridge inspections and surveys. FHWA manages a comprehensive R&T program in support of the above.
FHWA places a very high value on new technologies, materials, and innovations to improve the Nation's roadways.
Due to FHWA efforts, applications of advanced technology to the Nation's highways are yielding impressive returns in safety, mobility, productivity, and environmental quality. FHWA strategically invests in R&T to improve the transportation system. The Agency's approach emphasizes partnership with a broad range of organizations, including other DOTs and Federal agencies; State, local, and county governments; and international organizations. The goal is to identify, develop, and accelerate the transformation of new ideas into better transportation systems, processes, and services.
Vision and Mission
The FHWA research approach emphasizes cooperation, information sharing, and research agenda development with State and local governments, academia, and the private sector. Research conducted at TFHRC supports the Agency's vision, mission, and goals and is strategically aligned with the USDOT.
FHWA Strategic Goals for FY 2004
Six strategic goals-Safety, Mobility and Productivity, Global Connectivity, Environment, National Homeland Security, and Organizational Excellence—are addressed in the FY 2004/2005 plan.
The Vital Few
The Vital Few are the key areas with performance gaps that must be addressed for FHWA to be successful in the short-term. Achieving performance improvements in the following areas was a priority during FY 2004:
RD&T Corporate Missions and Functions
RD&T performs several key functions to champion the advancement of highway technological innovation. The following examples illustrate some of the unique functions carried out by RD&T in its effort to support the Agency's role as "innovators for a better future."
Highway Research and Development
Implementation of the Corporate Master Plan
Strategic Planning and Budget
R&T Performance Measurement
Outreach, Communication, and Consultation