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|Publication Number: Date: Spring 1996|
Issue No: Vol. 59 No. 4
Date: Spring 1996
The theme for this issue, "The Tie That Binds - The National Highway System," is portrayed as a package for the American people. The wrapping paper is decorated with clusters of pictographs that represent various transportation modes for people and freight, work places and school, homes, and travel/tourism/recreation. The bow is a ribbon of highway, reflecting that it is our highway system that ties everything together and provides the vital connections that link the essential elements of American life and commerce.
by Rodney E. Slater
The National Highway System is the centerpiece of the Federal Highway Administration's commitment to provide a safe, modern, and efficient transportation system to serve the American people, and it is the backbone of our nation's 21st century transportation system.
by Evelyn Fierro
Since April 1994, FHWA leaders have traveled 80,000 kilometers, coast to coast and border to border, to meet with thousands of people who use, construct, maintain, and manage our transportation system.
by Nancy Bennett
This article is a summary of the major provisions of the NHS Designation Act, including system designation, safety, motor carrier programs, funding and innovative financing, mandates and requirements, and other provisions.
by Thomas P. Keane
The signing of the NHS Designation Act released $5.4 billion in federal-aid highway funds targeted to NHS. In addition, there are direct, indirect, and induced employment and financial benefits.
adapted from several FHWA sources
FHWA is "building on the past with an eye to the future" by taking a proactive stance to anticipate and meet the nationÃ¢s burgeoning transportation needs.
by William Zaccagnino
FHWA is using available technology to ensure a future with a high-tech transportation network that meets our transportation needs, supports our national defense, provides economic growth, and adds to the quality of life in the United States well into the 21st century.
adapted from an FHWA report
This article highlights some of FHWA's significant program accomplishments since June 1993.
by Frederick G. Wright Jr.
This plan is a series of actions, some ongoing and some planned for the future, that address some of the specific safety issues of the NHS Designation Act and the emerging state responsibilities in the federal-state partnership in highway safety.
by Jane F. Garvey
Congress - in the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 - enacted a number of improvements in the way the states and others may finance NHS and other transportation infrastructure. Collectively, these provisions are termed "innovative finance."
compiled by Richard F. Weingroff
This is a time line of significant events in the history of highway transportation in America from 1892.
by Fred Jones
Deeply imbedded in the tradition and core values of FHWA is the commitment to provide the highest quality services to our partners and, together with them, to deliver the very best highway transportation system to the nation. NHS is going to provide the future focus for applying quality improvement ideas, practices, approaches, and new technology.
by David Smith
An effort to broaden and diversify the FHWA work force, particularly in senior management positions, is playing a significant role in ensuring that FHWA efficiently meets its operational requirements and maintains a highly effective and motivated work force.