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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / May 2004

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-025
Date: May 2004

In Brief

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Design Guide Implementation Team will be holding seven workshops this year to introduce State highway agency and FHWA engineers to the forthcoming Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide for New and Rehabilitated Pavement Structures (see March 2004 Focus). The new Guide will provide a uniform basis for the design of flexible, rigid, and composite pavements using mechanistic-empirical approaches that more realistically characterize inservice pavements and improve the reliability of designs. The workshop schedule is:

May 25-Biloxi, MS

June 23-Vancouver, WA

July 15-Indianapolis, IN

July 20-Honolulu, HI

August 26-Mystic, CT

September 14-Kansas City, KS

October 20-Phoenix, AZ

For more information, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/dgitfly2.htm or contact the team at DGIT@fhwa.dot.gov.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2004 Excellence in Highway Design awards program.The program is conducted biennially by FHWA to encourage excellence in the design of highways, bridges, and related facilities that provide safety and mobility while also enhancing the environment around them.

Awards are presented in nine categories:

  1. The Urban Highway
  2. The Rural Highway
  3. Major Highway Structures
    1. Projects Over $15 Million
    2. Projects Under $15 Million
  4. Environmental Protection and Enhancement
  5. Historic Preservation
  6. Highway Related Projects (including pedestrian and bicycle facilities and rest areas)
  7. Intelligent Transportation Systems
  8. Intermodal Transportation Facilities
  9. Highway Improvements on Federal, State, or Other Publicly Owned Land.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact your local FHWA Division Office or Donald Jackson at FHWA, 202-366-4630 (email: donald.jackson@fhwa.dot.gov). Entries must be postmarked by July 17, 2004.

FHWA's Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) program is now accepting applications for candidate projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 funding. Funding is provided for projects that demonstrate the application of innovative material technology in the repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or new construction of bridges and other highway structures. Projects funded in previous years have used such materials as fiber-reinforced polymer composites, high-performance concrete, and high-performance steel. This year, applicants are encouraged to submit projects emphasizing designs that fully utilize the capabilities and qualities of the innovative materials being deployed. Such designs might include bridge components designed for rapid installation or the combining of more than one innovative material in a bridge component to best utilize the high performance characteristics of each material.

Bridges on all public roads, including State and locally-funded projects, are eligible. For additional information, contact Ian Friedland in FHWA's Office of Bridge Technology, 202-366-6712 (fax: 202-366-3077; email: ian.friedland@fhwa.dot.gov).

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