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R&T Portfolio: Pavement and Materials

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Pavement and Materials program pursues forward-looking research and development (R&D) to improve the durability, economy, environmental sustainability, and safety characteristics of highway pavements. The R&D addresses pavement structural design and analysis; pavement materials selection, evaluation and mixture design; work toward more sustainable pavement materials and practices; and pavement and materials specifications, construction, and quality assurance practices. The program provides analytical tools and guidance to support State and local highway agencies to select and design pavement mixtures to maximize the longevity and safety of U.S. highways.

Program Objectives:

  • Optimize pavement structural design to achieve a desired performance based on specific loading, environmental, and functional requirements.
  • Optimize material selection, analysis, and mixture design to achieve required performance characteristics.
  • Improve the sustainability of highway pavements through effective use of reclaimed or recycled materials, industrial by-products, and innovative materials.
  • Identify and quantify the interaction between infrastructure and emerging technologies such as connected and automated vehicles (CAV).

Contact Us

Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101
United States

Office of Infrastructure 
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590