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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-00-065
Date: December 2000
The current status of the long-term pavement performance (LTPP) program, the practice of asset management worldwide, and the progress made towards a Future Strategic Highway Research Program (F-SHRP) are among the infrastructure-related topics that will be featured at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 80th Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 7-11, 2001, in Washington, DC.
As more highway agencies embrace the asset management approach to highway operations, which emphasizes the timely preservation, maintenance, and upgrading of highway assets through cost-effective planning and resource allocation decisions, an important byproduct is an increased emphasis on quality.
From Virginia to Texas, States across the country are building durable,cost-effective bridges using high-performance concrete (HPC). To find out details about HPC bridge projects, learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the technology, or find a list of useful publications on the subject, consult HPC Bridge Views. The bimonthly newsletter is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Concrete Bridge Council (NCBC). For a free subscription, contact Shri Bhide at NCBC, 847-966-6200, ext. 385 (fax: 847-966-9781; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Previous issues of the newsletter can be found on the Web at www.portcement.org/br/newsletters.asp. For more information on HPC, contact Terry Halkyard at FHWA, 202-366-6765 (fax: 202-366-3077; email: email@example.com).
More than 10 years of long term pavement performance (LTPP) data have been collected at sites across the country, with the analysis of that data now well underway. What will that analysis mean for State highway agencies and others? Under the Long-Term Pavement Performance Data Analysis Program developed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Expert Task Group (ETG) on LTPP Data Analysis, the outcome will include improvements in traffic characterization and prediction, material characterization, and consideration of environmental effects in pavement design, among other advances.