V.80 #5 March-april 2017; Public Roads

Public Roads, V. 80, No. 5, March/April 2017
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Public Roads is the bimonthly magazine of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Reading Public Roads is the easiest way to keep up-to-date on developments in federal highway policies, programs, and research and technology.

More specifically, the magazine covers advances and innovations in highway/traffic research and technology, critical national transportation issues, important activities and achievements of FHWA and others in the highway community, specific FHWA program areas, and subjects of interest to highway industry professionals. Each issue contains standard departments that include information on topics of general interest, notices of recent publications in research and development and in technology applications, Internet-related information applicable to transportation professionals, programs and courses offered by the National Highway Institute, and a calendar of major conferences and special events. Public Roads also emphasizes the continuing commitment of FHWA to be a world leader in promoting highway research and technology transfer.

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Providing a Shoulder to Drive On
by Jim Hunt, Pete Jenior, and Greg Jones
States are turning freeway shoulders into part-time travel lanes to relieve congestion as a cost-effective alternative to traditional widening.

The Times They Are Definitely Changing
by Chandra Bondzie
Together, USDOT and FHWA are encouraging a multimodal approach for analyzing freight movements throughout the United States and across its borders.

Doubling Down on Safety Innovations
by Michael S. Griffith, Joseph Cheung, Cathy Satterfield, and Jeff Shaw
FHWA’s Every Day Counts program promotes proven but underutilized technologies to advance the transportation sector. Take a look at five successful initiatives from the four rounds of the program.

States Learning From Each Other
by Marvin Williams
Florida and New York are working together to ensure civil rights requirements are met on innovative contracts for major highway projects.

Onward and Upward
by David M. Jared
AASHTO’s research committees and initiatives are helping to foster a national culture of innovation on transportation projects to move research into practice.

Working Smarter, Together
by Kevin Chesnik and Michael Smith
Partnering for more effective project delivery can produce innovative ideas for using Federal aid. Read on to see how States and local public agencies overcome barriers.



Guest Editorial.......1

Hot Topic..........2

Innovation Corner......3

Along the Road...........40

Internet Watch........44

Training Update..........45

Communication Product Updates.......46


This magazine is a valuable resource for all FHWA employees; international, national, state, and local transportation officials; members of highway-related professional societies and associations; researchers at technical libraries and technology transfer centers; professors and students of engineering and traffic management; members of appropriate congressional committees; and others interested in highway research and technology and in FHWA policies and programs.

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