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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-020
Date: October 2004
The road to improving U.S. knowledge and understanding of superior highway materials led an international scanning tour team across Europe in June 2003. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the team consisted of representatives from FHWA, State highway agencies, and private industry. The tour was designed to investigate how European countries are using superior materials to improve highway materials performance, save money, increase safety, and reduce construction time.
Automated bridge deicing systems and new snow plow technologies were just two of the hot topics featured at the Ninth Annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT) Maintenance Division, Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the event was held September 8-9, 2004, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The symposium and expo drew more than 600 attendees from 31 States and over 60 vendors. "The event was a success despite many last minute cancellations due to Hurricane Frances," says Joe Holt of TDOT.
From hands-on training to case studies of State experiences, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Second Annual HERS-ST [Highway Economic Requirements System-State Version] National Conference presented the latest information on this valuable software tool.
A new course on Ground Improvement Methods is now available from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI). The 3-day interactive course provides information that will allow participants to recognize the applicability and feasibility of specific ground improvement methods, develop preliminary cost analyses, and provide specification and contracting information for the various methods.