ADDRESS TO GENERAL SESSION TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL MEETING

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS ARE IN THE POSITION OF HAVING INCREASING DEMANDS MADE OF THEM AT A TIME WHEN THEIR RESEARCH INFORMATION ON VITALLY IMPORTANT TECHNICAL QUESTIONS IS BOTH INADEQUATE AND UNLIKELY TO BE FORTH-COMING IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THE HIGHWAY RESEARCH BOARD HAS A CORRELATING, NOT A RESEARCH, FUNCTION; IT CAN ALSO PUT OUT INTO THE FIELD THE RESULTS OF RESEARCH MONTHS BEFORE IT WOULD NORMALLY APPEAR IN PRINT. HOWEVER, IT CANNOT OF ITSELF PERFORM RESEARCH. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE TWO PROBLEMS OF VERY GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT NEED RESEARCH. ONE IS THE EFFECTS OF THE INCREASING INTENSITY OF HEAVY BUS AND TRUCK TRAFFIC ON PAVEMENTS DESIGNED A GENERATION AGO WHEN MAXIMUM LOAD WAS CONSIDERED THE SOLE MAJOR DESIGN FACTOR. THE SECOND IS THE DEMAND FOR LOW-COST ROADS TO BE PRODUCED FROM CONSTRUCTION FUNDS AT COSTS THAT MAY BE GREATLY IN EXCESS OF THOSE POSSIBLE UNDER MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE. IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT PERMANENT FACILITIES FOR FULL-SCALE SERVICE TESTS ARE LONG OVERDUE AND SHOULD BE COOPERATIVELY PROVIDED AND PERMANENTLY STAFFED SO AS TO ATTRACT COMPETENT PERSONNEL NOT OTHERWISE AVAILABLE.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 20, No 3, PP 21-23
  • Authors:
    • Reagel, F V
  • Publication Date: 1950-3

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  • Accession Number: 00243108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 1972 12:00AM