- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-026
Date: May 2005
The first tunnel management system (TMS) designed for nationwide use has received a real world tryout in Washington, DC, providing the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) with a valuable tool for future monitoring of the condition and performance of its highway tunnels.
Developing a "green highway" certification program and a new Green Highway Awards initiative that would together bring national recognition to environmentally sustainable transportation projects is the focus of a forum scheduled for September 26-29, 2005, in College Park, Maryland. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the event is designed for transportation and environmental professionals involved in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and regulation of transportation projects.
Are you missing the data needed to determine whether your agency's preventive maintenance activities are cost effective? Have you spent maintenance funds on a road scheduled for construction work, resulting in wasted money and effort? Or have you begun a pavement preservation program without knowing if you can achieve your goals with existing funding levels? Find out how to get the data you need, incorporate your preventive maintenance strategies into your pavement management system (PMS) so that work is coordinated and cost effective, and achieve your pavement preservation goals by attending the new National Highway Institute (NHI) course, "Pavement Preservation: Integrating Pavement Preservation Practices and Pavement Management" (Course No. 131104A).
Starting and sustaining a state quality partnership (SQP) is the focus of a new booklet available from the National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ), entitled How to Grow an SQP. The booklet looks at the benefits that an SQP comprised of transportation stakeholders can provide, including improved partnering on projects, cost savings, improved efficiency, and increased customer satisfaction. The booklet provides detailed guidelines on how to start an SQP or rejuvenate an existing one, outlines NPHQ's new accreditation process for SQPs, and offers appendices with reference material, such as a sample SQP charter. The booklet also includes descriptions of State transportation agency projects that have won NPHQ awards in such categories as design, environmental benefit, innovative contracting, project management, quality materials and methods, and work zone safety.