Pavement Design Policy
FHWA's Pavement Policy is defined by (23 CFR 626) Title 23 CFR 626, which states: "Pavement shall be designed to accommodate current and predicted traffic needs in a safe, durable, and cost-effective manner." Regulations do not specify procedures to follow to meet the requirement. Instead, each State highway agency is expected to use a design procedure appropriate for its conditions.
In 2018-2019 FHWA conducted a thorough review of the policy and guidance defined by a listening session, 5 regional peer exchanges, and a national workshop where feedback was obtained from industry, State department of Transportation (DOT) representatives, and FHWA Division Office representatives. Below are links to the summary reports from this outreach effort:
- Industry Listening Session
- National Workshop
- Summary Report
- Regional Peer Exchanges:
The following activities support FHWA's implementation of the Pavement Design Policy: