U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-021
Date: December 2003
Improving transportation for a strong America. That's the vision of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In support of this vision, FHWA's Office of Bridge Technology is dedicated to working together with our many partners within FHWA and in State, local, and tribal governments; industry; academia; and others to provide the Nation with safe, secure, reliable, and efficient highway bridges and tunnels. With about 600,000 bridges and 600 tunnels across the country, it is vitally important for us to protect, maintain, and preserve these structures.
Is a segmental concrete bridge right for you? When should highway agencies consider this technology as an economical choice for their bridge construction projects? The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) new Segmental Concrete Bridge Technology "virtual" team aims to raise awareness of the technology's unique strengths, as well as its limitations, and to "promote the exchange of best practice insights among government institutions and private industry," says M. Myint Lwin, team co-leader and Director of the Office of Bridge Technology at FHWA.
Less construction noise and better workability. Improved quality and durability. Faster construction and higher strength. The use of self-consolidating concrete (SCC) in highway construction offers these benefits and more, with the potential for broad structural applications in the United States.
Strategic management of physical assets, resources, and information is the key to getting the best return on every dollar spent to build and maintain transportation infrastructure. Making these management approaches smarter is the theme that runs throughout the new Transportation Asset Management Guide now available from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The Guide was developed under National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 20-24(11).