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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / February 1998

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-SA-98-019
Date: February 1998

Lead States Team for Anti-Icing/RWIS Recognized for Distinguished Service

At the Lead States conference in St. Louis last fall, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Task Force on SHRP Implementation recognized and thanked all seven teams for their initiative and hard work and then singled out the Lead States team for anti-icing/road weather information systems (RWIS) as best representing the goals of the Lead States program. In recognition of the team's work, the task force presented the team's members with AASHTO's 1997 Award for Distinguished Service.

Each member of the Lead States team for anti-icing/RWIS, including the team's partners in the FHWA and industry, received a plaque that reads: "The AASHTO Task Force on SHRP Implementation recognizes the team efforts and the contributions made in supporting the implementation of SHRP Technology to improve the quality, safety and performance of our nation's highways and bridges."

"The task of selecting the best performing Lead States team was very difficult, but the task force was gratified that all the teams had performed in such an exemplary manner. Eventually, the task force judged that the anti-icing/RWIS team exemplified the best balance of team member participation," says Bob Templeton of the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), chairman of the Task Force on SHRP Implementation.

Since their inception in 1996, the Lead States teams have generously shared their time and their experience to help other States shorten the learning curve when adopting SHRP products. The teams' activities have included preparing detailed cost-versus-benefit analyses, answering calls for help from highway agency staff, and distributing new information on SHRP technology to practitioners in the field.

In addition to the Lead States team for anti-icing/RWIS, six other Lead States teams each concentrate on a group of SHRP products with big potential benefits for highway agencies:

For more information, contact Bob Templeton, Texas DOT (phone: 512-305-9504; fax: 512-463-0283); email: btemple@mailgw.dot.state.tx.us

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