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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-00-060
Date: July/August 2000
Asset management is coming to city streets, thanks to a new partnership among the District of Columbia Department of Public Works (DCDPW), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the highway industry. In an initiative known as "DC Streets," DCDPW and FHWA are contracting with VMS, Inc., to preserve and maintain approximately 75 miles of the major streets and highways in the District. These roads make up the District's portion of the National Highway System and are heavily used by residents, commuters, and tourists.
With the national highway system complete and more rehabilitation work being done to maintain rehabilitation work being done to maintain existing roads, increased attention is being paid to work zones. Often, the user delays caused by work zones and the resulting costs to motorists, as well as the costs of mitigation strategies to lessen these delays, are not considered during the design and planning of projects. A new initiative of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), known as the Strategic Work Zone Analysis Tools (SWAT) program, is out to change this.
Interested in discussing the merits of various deicing and anti-icing chemicals or the latest in snow and ice control methods and materials? Looking for information on such topics as the pros and cons of measuring pavement temperatures with truck-mounted infrared thermometers? You can find all of this and more on the Snow and Ice List Serve maintained by the University of Iowa. The List Serve currently has about 400 subscribers, many of whom work for State, city, and, county agencies. The List Serve has also attracted a significant number of foreign subscribers, including individuals from Japan, Sweden, Finland, and Norway.
After 5 years of monitoring and evaluating 22 test sites on asphalt and concrete roads throughout the United States and Canada, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has concluded that the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) researchers got it right-i.e., the pavement repair materials and procedures recommended by SHRP work.
Nearly 500 researchers, consultants, and representatives from State and Federal highway agencies will journey to Madison, Wisconsin, this summer to attend the biannual North American Travel Monitoring Exhibition and Conference (NATMEC) 2000 on August 27-31. Hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the conference will focus on improving traffic data collection and management.
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