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ASTM-AASHTO agreement promises road construction benefits

News | November 6, 2012 | By:

ASTM committees are cited, including D35 on Geosynthetics

The signing of an “Agreement on Standards” between ASTM International and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) solidifies coordination between two organizations working in the common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability, according to a Nov. 6 press release announcing the signing.

ASTM president James A. Thomas and AASHTO executive director John Horsley signed the agreement at AASHTO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The press release noted that the document “is an outgrowth of the ongoing relationship between the two groups and serves as a future basis for continued mutual cooperation on the development and publication of standards related to highway construction.”

Said Thomas: “We hope that it will foster better coordination in mutual areas of interest, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and be responsive to industry needs in an efficient and collaborative manner.”

In the transportation field, several ASTM technical committees develop standards relied upon by the industry, such as ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, D04 on Road and Paving Materials; D18 on Soil and Rock, and D35 on Geosynthetics.

Robert Mackey, chairman of ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics, said: “Our committee is looking forward to the future cooperation with representatives from AASHTO to improve the related beneficial documents and alleviate duplication of work effort within future areas of mutual interest.”

“A top priority at AASHTO is to find faster and smarter ways to build the transportation systems that the economy and communities depend on,” said AASHTO’s Horsley. “This agreement will help our organizations to avoid duplication of effort and streamline the process, saving both time and precious resources.”

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. For more information, visit

AASHTO is the “Voice of Transportation” representing state Departments of Transportation in all 50 states. For more information, visit

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