Strategic Highway Research Program features geosynthetic materials
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) are accepting applications for the new SHRP 2 Solutions Implementation Assistance Program. This initiative will help transportation agencies begin deploying products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). See January/February 2013 Focus.
Well-known engineering consultant Ryan Berg will conduct a special session regarding SHRP 2 opportunities at the Geosynthetics 2013 conference on Wednesday, April 3, 3:30-5 p.m.
Research projects conducted under SHRP 2 have resulted in an array of advanced tools and technologies for improving highway safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity.
Products included are:
- Innovative Bridge Designs for Rapid Renewal (Product R04).
- Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Contracts (Product R09).
- Innovative Strategies for Managing Complex Projects (Product R10)
- Preservation Options for High–Volume Roadways (Product R26)
- Implementing Eco–Logical (Product C06).
- Organizing for Reliability Tools (Products L01/L06)
Implementation assistance is available for hosting a pilot project, serving as a “lead adopter” (or lead state) for the technology, or using the new product. Approximately $10.5 million in funding is available, with the amount of awards varying by product and level of assistance. Depending on the product, state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations are eligible for the awards. Selection criteria include geographic location, current or past interest in implementing similar products, and a demonstrated ability to implement new products or processes.
For more information or to apply, visit FHWA online. All applications must be submitted by March 22, 2013. FHWA and AASHTO expect to announce a second round of implementation opportunities this summer.
To learn more about SHRP 2 and the individual products, visit AASHTO online. Additional information is available by contacting Carin Michel at FHWA, +1 410 962 2530, goSHRP2@dot.gov; or Pam Hutton at AASHTO, +1 303 263 1212, email@example.com.