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Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research and Technology Agenda

 

Meeting the Challenge: Infrastructure

Performance-based systems use data and advanced reporting practices to better manage and maintain our roads.

 

Infrastructure Management

Performance-based systems use data and advanced reporting practices to better manage and maintain our roads.

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Improved tools and training help transportation agencies deliver projects on time and within budget.

 

Project Delivery

Improved tools and training help transportation agencies deliver projects on time and within budget.

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Improved construction and maintenance practices help reduce traffic congestion and travel delays.

 

Mobility

Improved construction and maintenance practices help reduce traffic congestion and travel delays.

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Advanced materials and processes reduce our impact on the environment.

 

Environmental Sustainability

Advanced materials and processes reduce our impact on the environment.

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Program Contact

Mark Swanlund
FHWA Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Tel: 202-493-3070
Email: mark.swanlund@dot.gov

 

The United States has one of the most extensive transportation systems in the world, representing trillions of dollars of public and private investment. To fulfill its role as the guardian of this critical highway infrastructure, FHWA is engaged in forward-looking research that supports safety and environmental sustainability while modernizing bridges and roads through better materials, new construction techniques, and consistent quality control. This research increases the highway system's productivity and performance, reduces operational and replacement costs, and ensures a world-class highway system long into the future.

The strength of the infrastructure in the United States depends on quality materials, sound construction techniques, and reliable maintenance practices. Infrastructure research explores emerging technologies that will improve the safety and reliability, structural integrity, and longevity of the Nation's bridges and roadways. A strong infrastructure must also be sustainable and environmentally sound. New pavement materials will have fewer impacts on air quality and ambient noise levels.

Each of the following objectives expands to describe the Infrastructure strategic approach to innovation.

 
Click here to slide downObjective 1: Implement and enhance the effectiveness of transportation performance management.
 
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Objective 1: Implement and enhance the effectiveness of transportation performance management.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 2: Deliver projects faster and more efficiently.
 
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Objective 2: Deliver projects faster and more efficiently.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 3: Achieve and sustain a state of good repair of pavements, bridges, and tunnels.
 
Click here to slide upObjective 3: Achieve and sustain a state of good repair of pavements, bridges, and tunnels.
Objective 3: Achieve and sustain a state of good repair of pavements, bridges, and tunnels.
 
 
Click here to slide downObjective 4: Improve the sustainability of highway infrastructure.
 
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Objective 4: Improve the sustainability of highway infrastructure.
 
 

 

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