More Articles for Federal Highway Administration

Are We Choosing Failure Over Success?

Better Roads Staff - Apr 03, 2013

Are We Choosing Failure Over Success?

Early in my career, I worked for a special interest consumer magazine that was getting beaten badly by the competition. In a series of meetings about how to save our magazine and our jobs, we identified the reasons we were ...

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Pavement Preservation Coded in MAP-21

Better Roads Staff - Feb 07, 2013

Pavement Preservation Coded in MAP-21

    For the first time, pavement preservation is part of national surface transportation reauthorization legislation, which now explicitly supports preservation and asset management. Pavement preservation techniques are promoted as cost-effective and environmentally sustainable strategies designed to extend the life of existing pavements ...

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Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States released, July 2012 now posted

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 26, 2012

Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States released, July 2012 now posted

The Monthly Motor Fuel Report by States (July 2012) was just released on the Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/motorfuel/jul12/jul12.pdf. (Click here for a downloable PDF of this report.) Highlights from the report include the following: Overall change ...

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Roadway Environmental Ratings: What’s Best for Your Agency?

Better Roads Staff - Nov 12, 2012

Roadway Environmental Ratings:  What’s Best for Your Agency?

There's a choice of programs to use in rating sustainable roads   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   The never-ending quest to define which pavements and highways can be considered “environmentally sustainable” has gotten a lot harder, just as it’s gotten easier. It’s gotten easier because ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Oct 09, 2012

Road Science

What Went Wrong, and Why   Forensic Studies Give Clues to Pavement Failure By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   Whether the pavement is black or white, flexible or rigid, asphalt or concrete, pavement forensic testing is the key to preventing future pavement failures in either ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Road Science

On the Face of It   Aggregate performance depends on its surface     The higher-performing bituminous and portland cement concrete mixes of today are becoming more complex, and to ensure performance, more scrutiny is being given to the chemistry and composition of the aggregates ...

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Highway Contractor

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Highway Contractor

Smart Rollin'   The developing genius of Intelligent Compaction   IIntelligent Compaction (IC) for hot mix asphalt is a work in progress. IC rollers are valuable quality control tools that go a long way toward solving the shortcomings of the conventional process. With some ...

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TIFIA transportation project loan program under fire

Better Roads Staff - May 07, 2012

TIFIA transportation project loan program under fire

Congress will begin reconciling Senate and House highway reauthorization bills next week that contain significantly increased funding for a loan program that’s criticized as providing credit for too many public-private toll projects. On May 8, conferees from both chambers will have ...

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Lattatudes

Better Roads Staff - Apr 06, 2012

Lattatudes

Reforming Reauthorization Much of the debate (if you can call it that) on a new highway bill has focused on the amount of funding that will be available for transportation infrastructure. Argument over the length of new legislation has also had ...

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A bitter little House whine

John Latta - Mar 30, 2012

"I can't, it's too hard." There are a lot of ideographic catch phrases we associate with Americans. This isn't one of them. I don't believe George Washington or Admiral Farragut or John Paul Jones or Abraham Lincoln ever said it. For that ...

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ASCE award Hoover Dam Bypass Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Mar 27, 2012

The Hoover Dam Bypass/Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge project was awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award by the American Society of Civil Engineers on March 22 at its OPAL Gala in Washington, D.C. (To see a detailed feature ...

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Applications and Innovations

Better Roads Staff - Feb 27, 2012

Applications and Innovations

Avoid Common Cold Mix Patching Failures To do something the right way, it helps to know how to do it the wrong way. Pothole patching is not an exception to the rule. By Tina Grady Barbaccia Identifying the various types of distresses and ...

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