U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-04-019
Date: October 2003
With the population of Dallas, Texas, expected to double over the next 20 years, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) faces the challenge of providing the transportation infrastructure that will support that growth. Their answer? Project Pegasus. This initiative aims to transform the two major Interstate freeways that serve downtown Dallas, redesigning portions of IH 30 and IH 35E.
More than 300 representatives from State and local highway agencies, contractors, and consulting engineering firms in Texas were introduced to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) HIPERPAV (HIgh PERformance PAVing) software at workshops held this past summer in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation TxDOT) and The Cement and Concrete Promotion Council of Texas (CCPC), the workshops looked at "What' Hot in Concrete Paving?" Topics included maturity, quality control, and hot weather paving, as well as the introduction to HIPERPAV. The workshops also featured discussion sessions designed to foster conversations among attendees with extensive experience with concrete paving and those new to the technology.
Innovations in highway quality from Arizona to New Jersey were honored in September in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the presentation of the National Partnership for Highway Quality's (NPHQ) 2003 National Achievement Awards. "NPHQ encourages the use of quality practices that will usher in a new era of roadway investment and performance to improve safety and service for highway users," says NPHQ Executive Director Bob Templeton. "It was clear that from design to delivery, the 2003 winners raised the bar in key quality areas."
The sudden catastrophic collapse of the Silver Bridge connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Kanauga, Ohio, in 1967 focused the Nation's attention on the deterioration of the national bridge network. To improve safety and stem the tide of deterioration, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established the National Bridge Inspection Program in 1970. The program requires State highway agencies to inspect their bridges every 2 years and submit the inspection results to FHWA, where they are maintained in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database.