During a road tour by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) chief Rodney Slater, a stop in Henning, Tennessee, provided a phrase that captures the essence of all FHWA has accomplished in the past 3 years. It was a simple statement on the grave marker of the noted author Alex Haley: Find the Good and Praise It. FHWA has accomplished much on the local, state, regional, national, and international levels to make highways better and safer conduits for highway users. This article outlines major FHWA accomplishments from June 1993 to June 1995. These have included record-level funding in 1993, 1994, and 1995 and innovative financing techniques that have helped create 8 million jobs during this period. FHWA responded to several natural disasters, including the 1993 Midwest flooding; the Northridge, California, earthquake in January 1994; and the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in January 1995. Recognizing how transportation affects the economy, FHWA sought out partners in private industry to improve the way business is conducted in many areas, producing, among others, the National Freight Partnership and the National Quality Initiative. FHWA has established an International Technology Scanning Program, seeking new ideas and technologies developed abroad. FHWA has led efforts in advancing technology focused on intelligent transportation systems. In April 1994, FHWA kicked off its first nationwide multimedia campaign aimed at teaching motorists to share the road safely with commercial vehicles. The agency has also developed a first-of-its-kind guide focusing on those elements of highway safety directly related to highway engineering, such as signs, signals, and markings. The FHWA Office of Program Development has taken a proactive position in environmental relations.


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  • Accession Number: 00781732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 18 2000 12:00AM