Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (WAQTC) 2021-2025

In the mid 1990's several northwestern state and federal highway agencies recognized the need for qualified materials test technicians and laboratories conducting acceptance testing on materials incorporated into transportation facilities. These highway agencies formed the Northwest Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (NAQTC), which produced five technician-training and qualification modules. Since materials testing procedures vary little from state to state, the NAQTC determined that all highway agencies in the western United States would benefit from a united effort. The NAQTC invited all WASHTO states to join. Eventually 7 additional states’ highway agencies joined to form the Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (WAQTC). WAQTC is focused in three main areas: Standardizing test methods (WAQTC, AASHTO, and ASTM), accreditation of the Transportation Technician Qualification Program (TTQP), and working together on national programs of significance including research, training, and technology deployment. The existing pooled fund TPF-5(349) will be closed in 2021, and a new TPF will be formed which will fund the continued development and refinement of the TTQP, including: (1) Maintaining and revising the six existing WAQTC TTQP training and certification courses in coordination with member state agencies; (2) Distributing training materials, including training manuals, PowerPoint presentations, and written and practical exams, to member states; (3) Maintaining the WAQTC website, and (4) Developing and presenting proposed revisions and new standards to the AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01768945
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(476)
  • Created Date: Mar 31 2021 9:16PM