Updating Renewal Research in the Second Strategic Highway Research Program

In 2005, the United States Congress created the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) to address the challenges of moving people and goods efficiently and safely on the nation’s highways. SHRP 2 is a targeted, short-term program administered by the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies, under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Highway Administration (U.S. Department of Transportation) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Highway Renewal, the rapid renewal of aging highway infrastructure, is one of four research focus areas identified as essential to fulfilling the program’s mission. This program brief discusses the benefits of highway Renewal research, which include the following: speeding highway project delivery; reducing disruptions to traffic, utilities, and neighborhoods; and building roads, bridges, and tunnels that last. The current program status is summarized as follows: Three of the 28 Renewal projects have been completed. Findings from each have been published in reports that are available on the SHRP 2 website and two additional reports are in the publication process. A fourth project (R01) was completed but additional work was added to the contract. All the other projects are active, including seven new contracts that started in the second half of 2009.

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  • Publication Date: 2010-1


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  • Accession Number: 01155873
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  • Created Date: Apr 30 2010 9:55AM