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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-021
Date: September 2003
In 1929, the first bridge over the Cooper River and Town Creek in Charleston, South Carolina, opened with a 3-day gala celebration. The 4.36-km (2.71-mi) bridge, later to be known as the Grace Memorial Bridge, was the fifth largest structure of its type in the world at that time. The landmark bridge was followed by construction of a second structure over the Cooper River, the Pearman Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1966.
In the wake of 9/11, protecting the Nation's critical bridges and tunnels from terrorist attack has presented a new and largely unexpected challenge for highway agencies. Meeting this challenge is the subject of a new report, Recommendations for Bridge and Tunnel Security, issued by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Bridge and Tunnel Security. In cooperation with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters formed the panel last fall to provide guidance to highway agencies.
Value engineering (VE) success stories and lessons learned from across the United States and worldwide were in the spotlight at the 2003 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials'/Federal Highway Administration (AASHTO/FHWA) Value Engineering Conference. Held in Tampa, Florida, from July 15-18, 2003, the conference drew 145 attendees, including many international participants. The event featured three tracks: Case Studies, Starting and Maintaining a VE Program, and Advanced Tools and Techniques.
Join the high-performance concrete team. The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) "virtual" team for high-performance concrete (HPC) has developed the online HPC Exchange as a comprehensive source of information on HPC use and technology. HPC is concrete that has been engineered to produce mixes that better meet the requirements of specific bridge or pavement projects, resulting in bridges and pavements that last longer and require less maintenance.