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Public Roads Magazine

Public Roads is the quarterly magazine of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Reading Public Roads is the easiest way to keep up to date on developments in Federal highway policies, programs, and research and technology.

More specifically, the magazine covers advances and innovations in highway/traffic research and technology, critical national transportation issues, important activities and achievements of FHWA and others in the highway community, specific FHWA program areas, and subjects of interest to highway industry professionals. Each issue contains standard departments that include information on topics of general interest, notices of recent publications in research and development and in technology applications, Internet-related information applicable to transportation professionals, and programs and courses offered by the National Highway Institute. Public Roads also emphasizes the continuing commitment of FHWA to be a world leader in promoting highway research and technology transfer.

For almost 80 years, Public Roads was exclusively an in-house research journal for engineers, scientists, and economists. However, in the summer of 1993, Public Roads broadened its scope to represent the entire FHWA and to be relevant to a wider audience. The expanded audience includes all FHWA employees; international, national, State, and local transportation officials; members of highway-related professional societies and associations; researchers at technical libraries and technology transfer centers; professors and students of engineering and traffic management; members of appropriate congressional committees; and others interested in highway research and technology and in FHWA policies and programs.

To contact the Editor-In-Chief to provide feedback or suggest topics of interest, send an email to: Maria Romstedt at

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Below are interactive flipbook versions of the most recent issues of Public Roads.

List of Recent Public Roads Issues
VolumePublication NumberMonth/Year
Volume 82 No. 3FHWA-HRT-19-001Autumn 2018
Volume 82 No. 2FHWA-HRT-18-004Summer 2018

Volume 82 No. 1

FHWA-HRT-18-003Spring 2018
Volume 81 No. 4FHWA-HRT-18-002Winter 2018
Volume 81 No. 3FHWA-HRT-18-001Autumn 2017
Volume 81 No. 2FHWA-HRT-17-006September 2017
Volume 81 No. 1FHWA-HRT-17-005July/August 2017
Volume 80 No. 6FHWA-HRT-17-004May/June 2017
Volume 80 No. 5FHWA-HRT-17-003March/April 2017
Volume 80 No. 4FHWA-HRT-17-002January/February 2017
Volume 80 No. 3FHWA-HRT-17-001November/December 2017
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019