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Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research and Technology Agenda

 

Meeting the Challenge: Infrastructure

A safe and secure transportation network is the foundation of a strong economy. Better-designed roads and improved construction practices increase the safety of our transportation network.

 

Safe and Secure Infrastructure

A safe and secure transportation network is the foundation of a strong economy. Better-designed roads and improved construction practices increase the safety of our transportation network.

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Performance-based systems use data and advanced reporting practices to better manage and maintain our roads.

 

Infrastructure Management

Performance-based systems use data and advanced reporting practices to better manage and maintain our roads.

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Improved tools and training help transportation agencies deliver projects on time and within budget.

 

Project Delivery

Improved tools and training help transportation agencies deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Improved construction and maintenance practices help reduce traffic congestion and travel delays.

 

Mobility

Improved construction and maintenance practices help reduce traffic congestion and travel delays.

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Better designs and materials as well as improved construction and maintenance practices help roads last longer.

 

Infrastructure Performance

Better designs and materials as well as improved construction and maintenance practices help roads last longer.

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Advanced materials and processes reduce our impact on the environment.

 

Environmental Sustainability

Advanced materials and processes reduce our impact on the environment.

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Program Contact

Jorge E. Pagán-Ortiz
FHWA Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Tel: 202-493-3023
Email: jorge.pagan@dot.gov

 

The United States has one of the most extensive transportation systems in the world, representing trillions of dollars of public and private investment. To fulfill its role as the guardian of this critical highway infrastructure, FHWA is engaged in forward-looking research that supports safety and environmental sustainability while modernizing bridges and roads through better materials, new construction techniques, and consistent quality control. This research increases the highway system's productivity and performance, reduces operational and replacement costs, and ensures a world-class highway system long into the future.

The strength of the infrastructure in the United States depends on quality materials, sound construction techniques, and reliable maintenance practices. Infrastructure research explores emerging technologies that will improve the safety and reliability, structural integrity, and longevity of the Nation's bridges and roadways. A strong infrastructure must also be sustainable and environmentally sound. New pavement materials will have fewer impacts on air quality and ambient noise levels.

Each of the following objectives expands to describe the Infrastructure strategic approach to innovation.

 
Click here to slide downObjective 1: Improve the security of highway infrastructure and reduce the number of fatalities attributable to infrastructure design characteristics and work zones.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 1: Improve the security of highway infrastructure and reduce the number of fatalities attributable to infrastructure design characteristics and work zones.
Objective 1: Improve the security of highway infrastructure and reduce the number of fatalities attributable to infrastructure design characteristics and work zones.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 2: Improve the management of infrastructure assets and advance the implementation of a performance-based program for the National Highway System.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 2: Improve the management of infrastructure assets and advance the implementation of a performance-based program for the National Highway System.
Objective 2: Improve the management of infrastructure assets and advance the implementation of a performance-based program for the National Highway System.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 3: Improve the ability of transportation agencies to deliver projects that meet expectations for timeliness, quality, and cost.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 3: Improve the ability of transportation agencies to deliver projects that meet expectations for timeliness, quality, and cost.
Objective 3: Improve the ability of transportation agencies to deliver projects that meet expectations for timeliness, quality, and cost.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 4: Reduce user delay attributable to infrastructure system performance, maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 4: Reduce user delay attributable to infrastructure system performance, maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction.
Objective 4: Reduce user delay attributable to infrastructure system performance, maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 5: Improve highway condition and performance through increased use of design, materials, construction, and maintenance innovations.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 5: Improve highway condition and performance through increased use of design, materials, construction, and maintenance innovations.
Objective 5: Improve highway condition and performance through increased use of design, materials, construction, and maintenance innovations.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 6: Reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of highway infrastructure (design, construction, operation, and maintenance).
 
Click here to slide upObjective 6: Reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of highway infrastructure (design, construction, operation, and maintenance).
Objective 6: Reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of highway infrastructure (design, construction, operation, and maintenance).
 
 

 

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