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FHWA releases bike and pedestrian case studies

USDOT recently released the most recent phase of its "Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks." FHWA has been collaborating with planners, safety advocates and local as well as state departments of transportation to evaluate safety. The goal is to establish ways to make traveling safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Read More »

Novel pavement system uses solar panels

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), has developed a novel pavement system that is made with solar panels. This development, which is part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, was the result of a research topic from the FHWA. Officials asked for a new pavement system that could create power. Read More »

FHWA makes Best Place to Work list

The FHWA, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, was included in a list of the Best Places to Work within the federal government Dec. 8. This is the fourth consecutive year that the FHWA has been listed in the ranking, which is released by the Partnership for Public Services each year. The FHWA was within the top 5 percent of the companies listed in the ranking. Read More »

Ultra-high performance concrete named innovation of the month

The Every Day Counts named the ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) as the innovation of the month Thursday. UHPC is created from ultra-high strength steel to create fiber-reinforced concrete. Using UHPC heightens the durability of the structure and simplifies the construction of connection, which is one of the most important parts of prefabricated bridge elements. Read More »

Parking information project to aid truckers receives TIGER funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) said that funding through its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program will be used to improve safety for truck drivers in eight states. The growing need for drivers and safety is one of the reasons USDOT gave $25 million in TIGER grants to the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System. Read More »

Indiana's first GRS-IBS project is completed

Every Day Counts, an initiative of the Federal Highway Administration's Center for Accelerating Innovation, said that the first geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) project in Indiana was recently completed. GRS-IBS construction involves basic earthwork methods and uses commonly available materials, which means projects can be completed faster and at lower cost. Read More »

DOT publishes new report on freight transportation

The Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, both branches of the United States Department of Transportation, published the “Freight Analysis Framework,” a report on the latest data from freight transportation. The report, the first product of its kind, is the most comprehensive publicly accessible data set pertaining to freight movement. Read More »