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September 2008Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-017

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FHWA to Offer Highway Materials Course

Figure 9. Photo. Traffic travels on a multi-lane highway. To the right of the traffic, two lanes of the highway are closed off for road work. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a contract to Pennsylvania State University to conduct a 6-week course on highway materials, mix design procedures, and quality assurance this winter in University Park, Pennsylvania. Designed for State transportation department engineers who require a basic knowledge of highway materials, the course will include both classroom time and laboratory work. The curriculum will cover materials control and acceptance; soils and foundations; steels, welding, and coatings; aggregates and unbound bases; asphalt materials and paving mixtures; recycled materials; and portland cement concrete. The course will be offered once a year and has a limit of 30 participants.

Applicants should have a good academic background in mathematics and science and either an undergraduate degree in engineering or equivalent engineering experience in the highway field. The course fee is $6,600. Travel and other expenses for participants must also be funded by their own agencies.

The dates for the 2009 course are currently being determined. For more details on the course or to obtain an application, contact Michael Rafalowski in FHWA’s Office of Pavement Technology, 202-366-1571 (email:

Information is also available on the National Highway Institute (NHI) Web site at under NHI Course No. FHWA-NHI-131023).

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