- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-00-062
Date: October 2000
Our mission is to provide the highest quality surface transportation system, which promotes the Nation's economic vitality and quality of life for its people. Employees work in all phases of highway planning, environment, design, construction, maintennace, traffic operations, and safety.
With the development and release of a new CD-ROM by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Guide to Developing Performance-Related Specifications for PCC Pavements, it is now easier to define portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement specifications and to predict the future maintenance, rehabilitation, and other life-cycle costs of PCC pavements. The instructive CD contains a four-volume report detailing guidelines for implementing performance-related specifications (PRS) and the 2.0 version of the PaveSpec software, as well as an accompanying user's manual for the software.
More than 1,500 participants from 34 States and 14 countries turned out for the fifth annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo, held September 6-7 in Roanoke, Virginia. The event, which featured the latest in winter maintenance techniques and technologies, also drew 110 exhibitors.
FHWA's portland cement concrete pavement (PCCP) Web site (www.tfhrc.gov/pavement/pccp/pccp.htm) is your one-stop shop for the latest on the agency's PCC pavement research. The program's studies are systematically investigating various aspects of PCC material properties and behaviors, including pavement specifications, construction, repair, and rehabilitation, in order to enhance the construction and performance of concrete pavements in the field.
It's been described as one of the greatest success stories in the history of applied research. What began as a 5-year program in 1987 has changed the way State highway agencies design and build pavements, repair roads, clean up after winter storms, and build bridges. As the seven American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Lead States teams for Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) implementation wrap up their work and the AASHTO Task Force on SHRP Implementation sunsets this fall, the success of SHRP and the efforts to implement its products and technologies are being realized across the country.
A 6-week intensive course on highway materials engineering will be presented this winter by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through the National Highway Institute. The course is scheduled for January 29 through March 16, 2001, at the University of Nevada-Reno, with a 1-week break from February 19-23.