The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Infrastructure Research and Development (R&D) conducts and oversees R&D programs and projects that address critical highway infrastructure needs and priorities of national importance. Studies focus on the design, materials, construction, operation, and preservation of highway pavements, bridges, culverts, tunnels, and other structures. In addition, the Office of Infrastructure R&D provides expert technical assistance to other FHWA offices, other Federal agencies, State and local transportation organizations, industry, and academic institutions.
Through an integrated and interdisciplinary research approach, the Office of Infrastructure R&D provides state-of-the-art knowledge and tools with the goal of improving the safety, performance, and cost effectiveness of the Nation’s highway infrastructure, while minimizing the impacts that highway construction, operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation may have on the environment. The contributions of stakeholders from across the highway infrastructure spectrum in the development and execution of multiyear R&D plans and roadmaps are key to the success of the office.
The work conducted by the Office of Infrastructure R&D teams is supported by a number of research laboratories at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. These laboratories include:
- Aggregate and Petrographic Laboratory
- Binder Laboratory
- Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory
- Chemistry Laboratory
- Coatings and Corrosion Laboratory
- Concrete Laboratory
- Geotechnical Laboratory
- J. Sterling Jones Hydraulics Research Laboratory
- Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory
- Pavement Testing Facility
- Structures Laboratory