This article reviews Transportation Research Board (TRB) Special Report 244: "Highway Research: Current Programs and Future Directions". The report was prepared by TRB's Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC). The committee, in examining U.S. highway research and technology (R&T) activities, found them to be highly decentralized and diversified. RTCC's report provides a single source of information about highway R&T programs, activities, and expenditures. The three principal public-sector highway R&T programs, the FHWA program, the State Planning and Research program, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, are described in the report. These programs and their 1993 expenditures are examined in terms of eight categories of R&T activity. The categories were defined by committee consensus to reflect current research priorities. By focusing on 1993 expenditures the committee developed a "snapshot" of R&T activities; aware of the limitations of this approach, the committee recognized that significant changes have already taken place that should be considered in any discussion of current and future programs. Consequently the steps taken to enhance weak areas and aggressively pursue strong ones are also discussed in the report. Ample evidence exists to indicate that the highway research and development programs described are dynamic and that change is fundamental to their nature. Also presented is the committee's vision of appropriate new directions and emphasis areas for highway R&T. Further information from the report is provided in this review article.


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Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 26-29
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 176
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00675216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1995 12:00AM