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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / April 2014

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-14-012
Date: April 2014
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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations: Goodbye Focus, Hello Innovator

From Superpave to high-performance concrete (HPC) to prefabricated bridge technologies, Focus has always been about accelerating infrastructure innovations.

At its beginning in 1987, that meant chronicling the groundbreaking work of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). This was followed by comprehensive coverage of SHRP technology implementation efforts. Pavement preservation strategies, anti-icing techniques, HPC pavements and bridges, and the growth in Superpave use nationwide were among the featured technologies resulting from SHRP's success.

After SHRP implementation ended in 2000, Focus continued to report on the real-life experiences of States using SHRP products, but coverage also expanded to include a broader range of infrastructure-related developments. Asset management, accelerated bridge construction, highway materials innovations, work zone safety improvements, and advancements in long-term bridge performance are just some of the technologies that have shared the Focus spotlight since then. Recent years have also featured a new millennium's crop of innovations resulting from SHRP2 and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative.

This issue is the last Focus. But FHWA's Innovator newsletter will continue to report on the latest in highway innovation topics. Dedicated to "Accelerating Innovation for the American Driving Experience," recent Innovator topics have included warm-mix asphalt, smart work zones, and the geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge system. All Focus subscribers will receive the electronic version of Innovator, though subscribers not interested in continuing to receive the publication will, of course, be able to opt out. To check out past issues of the Innovator, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/hfl/innovator. FHWA's SHRP2 Solutions (www.fhwa.dot.gov/goshrp2) and EDC (www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts) Web sites are also your current go-to spots for the latest in highway infrastructure advancements.

Say goodbye to Focus this month, but with the help of FHWA's many other technology resources, continue to say hello to the innovations that are reinventing America's highways and bridges both for today and well into the future.

Cover image of the February 1995 Focus.

Cover image of the May 2000 Focus.

Cover image of the December 2006 Focus.

Updated: 06/27/2017
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