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FHWA, State, Local Transportation Agencies To Explore Ways to Improve ITS Deployment, Overall Traffic

Contact: Karen Whitney
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 6-00
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced a six-year pooled-fund study to examine and improve the way state and local Transportation Management Centers (TMCs) gather, synthesize and disseminate traffic information.
The safety and efficiency of automobile and truck traffic largely depend on how well TMCs perform these core functions.
"Transportation...

Federal Highway Administration Provides Handbook With Guidance on Using of Native Plants Along Highways

Contact: Lori Irving
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 5-00
In continuing effort to protect the environment and help control the introduction of invasive species of plants, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released Roadside Use of Native Plants, a handbook that provides state by state references in the use of native plants and how they can be used to benefit highway projects by saving time and money.
"We are committed to protecting the environment along the...

Sutton Named Acting Deputy Administrator At Federal Highway Administration

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 4-00
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced the appointment of Walter Sutton as acting deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Sutton had been head of policy at the FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"Walter's work at the FHWA, coupled with his overall background in transportation and his knowledge and experience in environmental and legal issues...

New Computer Program Helps Highway Engineers Predict and Prevent Pavement Cracking

Contact: Karen Whitney
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 3-00
Researchers at the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, in concert with industry researchers, have developed a software package that will help engineers construct longer-lasting crack-free pavements. The system will provide a more accurate prediction of the potential for cracking in concrete pavements and overlays during construction.
The High Performance Paving system, or...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $3.6 Million in Funding for Millennium Trails

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 2-00
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced that $3.6 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds will be provided to four trails associated with the Millennium Trails Initiative.
"I am very pleased that we are taking another step toward creating a network of millennium trails that reflect the unique spirit of their states and the collective history of our nation," said...

Transportation Secretary Slater Praises Departing FHWA Deputy Administrator

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 1-00
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today praised Gloria J. Jeff for her six years of service at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a time that saw record levels of investment in America's transportation infrastructure, designation of the National Highway System, and FHWA restructuring to help the agency meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Jeff announced that she will leave the agency...