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R&T Evaluation

Reports for completed evaluations are available to view here.

Evaluation Overview

Highway research—when adopted and implemented appropriately—has the potential to save lives, conserve funds, reduce congestion and travel times, increase business productivity, extend infrastructure life, and alleviate strain on the environment. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partners with State transportation departments, local agencies, industry, and academia both to conduct research on issues of national significance and accelerate adoption and deployment of promising research products. FHWA recently initiated the Research and Technology (R&T) Evaluation Program to assess and communicate the benefits of its R&T efforts and to ensure that the organization is expending public resources efficiently and effectively. FHWA developed the R&T Evaluation Program with encouragement from the Transportation Research Board’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee.

Evaluation Projects

In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the FHWA R&T Evaluation Program worked with 9 FHWA offices to identify and scope 16 projects for evaluation across all program areas. Formal evaluation began in FY15. Three projects have an extended timeline because of the length of the research projects being evaluated. After completion, the evaluation reports are prepared for publication. The current statuses of the original 16 projects are shown below. The R&T Evaluation Program is in the process of identifying candidates for a new set of evaluations, and has begun three new evaluations, which are each marked with a * below.

Completed Evaluations

  • Adaptive Signal Control Technologies (2016)
  • Gusset Plates (2016)
  • National Household Travel Survey (2016)
  • Roadside Revegetation (2016)
  • Roundabouts (2016)
  • Agent Based Modeling and Simulations (2017)
  • Eco-Logical (2017)
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System (2017)
  • Public-Private Partnership Capacity Building (2017)
  • Traffic Incident Management (2017)
  • Managing Risk on Rapid Renewal Projects (2018)
  • Precast Concrete Pavements (2018)

In Progress

  • CARMA*
  • eNEPA
  • High Friction Surface Treatments
  • High Recycle Warm-Mix Asphalt
  • Innovative Intersection Design*
  • Truck Platooning*
  • Vehicle Operating Costs
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019