U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-030
Date: September 2005
It's a new way of doing business. Just as the construction of the Interstate Highway System transformed the way America traveled over the past 50 years, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) new Highways for LIFE program aims to bring a higher level of innovation and technology to improving the Nation's roadways.
Value engineering (VE) best practices and lessons learned took center stage during the biennial 2005 VE Conference, held from July 20-22, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the 3-day conference featured new ideas, methods, and case studies for experienced practitioners, as well as the basic foundation for those just starting to use VE.
Two back-to-back conferences this fall will highlight best practices and advances in roadway pavement preservation and asset management. The conferences will be held October 31-November 3, 2005, in Kansas City, Missouri, with joint sessions on November 1.
In States such as Kansas, Iowa, and New York, the promise of a new concrete testing method known as the air void analyzer (AVA) is paying off. Since 1993, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been conducting studies and pilot projects exploring the advantages of using the AVA equipment. "The AVA represents a more accurate method for determining the susceptibility of concrete materials to freeze-thaw deterioration," says Gary Crawford of FHWA.