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The following resources summarize important historic breakthroughs in highway research:

  • From the National Academy of Engineering, a timeline of breakthrough moments for highways [More]

  • In 2000, Paul C. Light from the Brookings Institute prepared the report "Government's Greatest Achievements of the Past Half Century." Focusing on federal government achievements and considering criteria such as significance (visibility), precedent-setting, importance, difficulty, and success, the report include development of a national highway system, air traffic control system and mass transit systems. [More]

  • The University of Michigan web site "Automobile in American Life and Society" describes automobile transport as an agent for change and as accelerating ongoing changes. [More]

  • From the Journal of Urban History, "The Origins and Globalization of Traffic Control Signals," by Clay McShane (1999) describes the technological and social development of modern vehicular traffic systems and driving regulations.


Exploratory Advanced Research Program



NSF Cyber Physical Systems Solicitation Open

FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research Program is coordinating with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyber Physical Systems Program to encourage novel research in advancing the fundamental principles of connected systems networking and control. [More]


NRC Postdoctoral Fellows Help EAR Program Solve Transportation Issues

The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducts research across a wide range of topics and disciplines. To supplement the expertise of the permanent staff, it is important to bring in researchers with the appropriate backgrounds to investigate specific problems at short-term basis. Through the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA utilizes the Resident Associates (or Postdoctoral Fellows) program of the National Research Council (NRC) for this purpose. The NRC provides a process for selecting candidates on a competitive merit basis and subsequently for administration of the Resident Fellows during their tenures at FHWA. [More]

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