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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-SA-97-025
Date: July 1997
The flashing stop/slow paddle is one of the most widely used work zone safety products developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). But like any new product, it had some growing pains. Some highway agencies that tried the first models of the device thought the idea was a good one, but the device wasn't durable enough or it otherwise failed to meet their rigorous requirements.
"You can't implement new technologies with a videotape," says Ivan Corp of the Missouri Department of Transportation (DOT). "It takes personal contact." Corp should know: Since last summer, he's been the DOT's point man for the implementation of new technologies for winter maintenance and pavement maintenance. By meeting face to face with DOT crews, Corp is nurturing a new dedication to innovative technologies among the people who keep Missouri's roads smooth and safe.
Blue skies and warm temperatures may abound right now, but highway winter maintenance personnel will soon have snow and ice on their minds as they participate in the Second Annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo. Designed for Federal, State, county, and municipal staff, the symposium is scheduled for September 4, 1997, in Hagerstown, Maryland. It is being cosponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with the participation of Maryland's Transportation Authority, State Highway Administration, and Transportation Technology Transfer Center.
Remember the seismic pavement analyzer (SPA)? The device, which was developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), was designed to automate and replace several time-consuming and complex methods of evaluating asphalt and portland cement concrete pavements.
State highway agencies will build more than three times as many Superpave pavements this year as they did in 1996, according to a new survey conducted by the Superpave Lead States Team with help from the New York Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Forty-eight States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.