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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-013
Date: December 2002
Can we make submitting and managing transportation project bid proposals easier for highway agencies and contractors using today's technology? A new Technical Guide available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides guidance on simplifying the process by using the Internet to announce bid proposals, accept submissions, and post the results. In addition, the Guide addresses implementation issues, electronic bid bond, and Internet electronic plan drawings. "This Guide presents information on each phase in the process of Internet bidding," says Joseph Budras of FHWA.
The opportunity to envision the future of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Infrastructure Research and Technology (R&T) program brought nearly 60 representatives from highway agencies, AASHTO, industry, academia, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to Chicago in October for the FHWA Infrastructure R&T Stakeholder workshop. The workshop's goal was to share FHWA's vision for Infrastructure for the 21st Century, listen to stakeholders in order to refine the vision, and build stakeholder commitment to achieving infrastructure innovations. "In the next 10 to 20 years, we have a huge job as a highway community in replacing bridges and pavements. This is our window of opportunity to introduce the next generation of technology," said King Gee of FHWA.
At its annual conference in Salt Lake City in November, the National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ) presented its "Making a Difference" awards to organizations that excelled in highway design, construction, or management over the past year. The 10 honorees were recognized for their accomplishments in the areas of State Quality Initiatives, Risk Taking, Breaking the Mold, and Partnering.
Bridge management systems, infrastructure research and technology, and the latest on the long term pavement performance (LTPP) program products are among the infrastructure-related topics that will be featured at the 82nd Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 12-16, 2003, in Washington, DC.