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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / September 2006

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-029
Date: September 2006

Articles in this Issue

EPS Geofoam: Demonstrating a Lightweight Soil Alternative

Accelerating construction at one of the worst bottlenecks in the country is getting a boost with the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam. More than 35 Federal, State, and private sector representatives turned out on July 25, 2006, for a demonstration showcase of the technology at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge outside of Washington, DC. The showcase was hosted by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Resource Center, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the National Local Technical Assistance Program.

Highway Investment Software Showcased at National Conference

The goal of getting the most out of their highway investment brought State transportation department representatives and others from across the country together at the National Highway Economic Requirements System-State Version (HERS-ST) Technical Conference. Held May 23-25, 2006, in San Antonio, Texas, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conference featured a hands-on workshop on using the HERS-ST software, showcased case studies from State users, and introduced the new 4.0 version of the software. "Looking at the future, we'd like every State to consider asset management when making decisions about highway planning. HERS-ST is one asset management tool to help achieve that goal," says HERS-ST Program Manager Robert Mooney of FHWA.

FHWA Offers Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Resources

As State transportation departments seek to examine the economic ramifications of their investment choices and make the best use of limited highway funding, they can turn to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) team for technical support, training, and tools for conducting LCCA.

Conference To Feature the Latest in Long-Life Concrete Pavement Technology

What does it take to design a concrete pavement that is low maintenance and has an expected service life of 40 years or more? Find out the answer to this question and many more at the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) International Conference on Long-Life Concrete Pavements, to be held October 25-27, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is being held as part of FHWA's Concrete Pavement Technology Program technology transfer activities.

FHWA Announces 2007 Excellence in Utilities Awards Program

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2007 Excellence in Utilities Awards Program will honor highway agencies and contractors that excel in streamlining and improving the utility relocation and accommodation process while protecting the rights of property owners. Awards will be given in the categories of Innovation, Leadership, Relocation, Project Management, Value Engineering, Incentive for Utility Relocation, and Outstanding Individual Contributors. Projects will be recognized in two funding categories ($100 million or less and greater than $100 million).

Getting Started with the Pontis Bridge Management System

Get to know the Pontis® Bridge Management System with the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) new CD and online tutorial. "Getting Started with Pontis 4.4" introduces users to the Pontis software, which was initially developed by FHWA and is now available from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as an AASHTOWare® product.

Highway Technology Calendar

Updated: 06/27/2017
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