U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-02-005
Date: December 2001
A year after the launch of the $70 million DC Streets initiative, Washington, DC, residents are reaping the benefits of this extensive rehabilitation and preservation undertaking. Under the initiative, known as "DC Streets: An Innovative Partnership for Better Roads," the District of Columbia Division of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracted with VMS, Inc., to rehabilitate and preserve about 75 miles of the District's major roads, along with tunnels, bridges, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and retaining walls. The 5-year project is the largest transportation investment in DC DOT history and the first time that FHWA has teamed directly with a city government to preserve segments of the National Highway System.
In recent years, an increasing number of highway agencies have discovered the benefits of low-cost pavement preservation treatments that can extend the service life of pavements. To learn more about pavement preservation innovations worldwide, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and industry sponsored a Pavement Preservation International Scanning Tour in July 2001.
The 81st annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 13-17, 2002, in Washington, DC, will provide numerous opportunities to learn more about the status and progress of the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program. The LTPP State Coordinator's Meeting on January 13, for example, will feature presentations on LTPP program accomplishments in 2001; State and consultant perspectives on how they have benefited from the results of the LTP program; and a new TRB LTPP Committee report, Fulfilling the Promise of Better Roads. A session on "LTPP: The Challenge, Benefits, and Progress," scheduled for January 14, will also feature information on Fulfilling the Promise of Better Roads, as well as updates on LTPP data analysis and product development. And an International Coordinators Meeting that will be held that week, will serve as an open forum to discuss the LTPP program.
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Structures lab became a forensic research center this past year, as FHWA led a team in investigating the partial collapse of a 66-m (72-yd) section of Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge last December.
QuickZone 1.0: A Better Approach to Work Zone Planning How will the construction or rehabilitation project that you're planning affect motorists? What will be the costs of traveler delay caused by your project? What might be the effect of contractor-suggested changes in the approved Traffic Control Plan? QuickZone 1.0., a new software program available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), can help answer those questions and more.