U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-015
Date: July 2008
A pooled-fund study launched this year by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offers State transportation agencies the opportunity to obtain and learn how to use the new Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) to evaluate Superpave mixtures.
Learn how the information highway can improve the management and performance of your real-world roadways at the National Conference on Highway Asset Inventory and Data Collection. Bridge management systems, roadway geometry data collection, asset management in geotechnical engineering, and automated pavement distress surveys will be among the technologies showcased at the conference, to be held September 24-26, 2008, in Durham, North Carolina.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $1 million to spur innovation through the second round of grants under its Highways for LIFE (HfL) Technology Partnerships Program. The program is designed to help companies refine and further develop promising innovations that reduce congestion from construction and improve highway safety and quality. Five grants were awarded earlier this year in the first round of the program (see January/February 2008 Focus).
As transportation agencies across the United States look to meet today's environmental and economic challenges, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is asking agencies to "consider recycling first." State and local agencies and contractors can realize economic, environmental, and engineering benefits by incorporating previously used high-quality materials into the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country's roadway network. The current FHWA recycling policy was issued on February 7, 2002, and is available online at www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/policy/recmatmemo.htm. "FHWA's Pavement and Materials Program has long been a supporter of the green movement. Today's high fuel costs, decline in the availability of quality materials, and limited transportation budgets make this recycling policy even more important," says Jim Sorenson of FHWA's Office of Asset Management.
Enter the "Golden Gate to Tomorrow's Concrete Pavements" at the Ninth International Conference on Concrete Pavements, to be held August 17-21, 2008, in San Francisco, California. The conference will present information on new technologies related to the design, construction, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements, including continuously reinforced concrete pavements, ultra-thin whitetopping and thin concrete paving, pavement analysis and performance prediction, concrete mix design, fiber-reinforced concrete pavements, and pavement ride quality and safety. Twenty different sessions on various topics will be offered, as well as optional site visits to local construction projects on the last day of the conference.