Long-Range Strategic Issues Affecting Preservation, Maintenance, and Renewal of Highway Infrastructure

The transportation industry will continually face emerging and new challenges that may influence transportation priorities and needs, particularly with regard to the preservation, maintenance, and renewal of the highway infrastructure. These challenges will result from long-range changes in many areas, including the following: (1) Technology and innovations (e.g., high-performance materials, construction equipment and methods, and information and monitoring systems); (2) Environment (e.g., climate change and sustainability); (3) System performance (e.g., accelerated deterioration and accountability); (4) Safety and security; (5) Natural resource availability;(6) Finance and budget (e.g., global economy, contracting methods, and costs); (7) Human resources (e.g., education and training); (8) Coordination (e.g., among transportation modes and related industries); (9) Regulations and policies (e.g., environmental regulation and changing role of governmental identities); (10) Demographics (e.g., population characteristics, including urban/rural differences); (11) Traffic (e.g., loading and volume). There is a need for a research effort to anticipate future issues; explore the potential role of new materials, tools, approaches, and technologies in developing and preserving highway infrastructure; and develop guidance on how such materials, tools, approaches, and technologies can be used to provide a means for enhancing system preservation, maintenance, and renewal in response to anticipated challenges. This guidance will help highway agencies be better prepared to anticipate and deal with the implications of the future. The objective of this research is to develop guidance for transportation stakeholders on emerging materials, tools, approaches, and technologies that could be used to deal with long-range (30 to 50 years) highway infrastructure maintenance, preservation, and renewal needs and ensure satisfactory system condition and performance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-83(03)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Amir, Hanna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Research Foundation, College Station

    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX  United States  77843
  • Principal Investigators:

    Anderson, Stuart

  • Start Date: 20100629
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140829
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29098

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543205
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-83(03)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2014 1:00AM