Highways for Life

Under a program established by the U.S. Congress in 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is boosting awareness of and standard use of innovations that can produce better, longer lasting roadways and bridges. These innovations can help highway agencies complete construction faster, at lower cost, and more safely with less impact on the driving public. A comprehensive technology transfer effort, the Highways for LIFE program is using proven marketing approaches and dedicated teams to deploy innovations more effectively and is helping private industry move prototypes of promising innovations into the marketplace where they can benefit the traveling public. LIFE is an acronym for Long-lasting, Innovative, Fast construction, Efficient and safe--all characteristics of the ideal highway or bridge construction project. The program also is providing incentives to encourage highway agencies to use customer-focused performance goals to improve construction of highways and bridges. This article describes objectives of the Highways for LIFE program, which include involving stakeholders, enhancing technology deployment, moving emerging private sector innovations into the marketplace, employing demonstration projects, developing a new business model, and evaluating success. Examples are given that reflect how the Highways for LIFE program has targeted each of these objectives. In its five years of existence, the program has provided knowledge, incentives and tools the highway community can use to obtain more value for every transportation dollar invested. Although the Highways for LIFE pilot program is scheduled to conclude at the end of fiscal year 2009, the need to carry out its concepts and philosophy continues.


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  • Accession Number: 01150796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2010 11:09AM