Keystone SRW test helps FHWA advance earth retention system practice

Keystone Retaining Wall Systems’ KeySystem III was recently evaluated under the Federal Highway Administration’s new Innovations, Developments, Enhancements and Advancements (IDEA) program. Administered by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute, the technical evaluation serves to improve earth retention systems technology and installation methods.

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Precast producers equal to FHWA, AASHTO safety hardware criteria

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The National Precast Concrete Association reminds producers of barrier and temporary work zone devices of a year-end deadline for having such products tested according to criteria the Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials established in a 2016 agreement. New requirements cover a) bridge rails, transitions, all other longitudinal barriers, including portable models installed permanently; and, b) portable barriers and other temporary work zone devices.

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FHWA sunsets rule restricting proprietary product procurement

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

Effective October 28, Federal Highway Administration is lifting U.S. Department of Transportation regulations greatly limiting state contracting agencies from using federal dollars to acquire patented or proprietary materials, products or services for road and bridge work. 

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Senate vote one short of unanimous to confirm FHWA Administrator

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill. 

Nicole Nason has become the Federal Highway Administration’s 26th Administrator following a 95-1 U.S. Senate vote. The former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator and past Mothers Against Drunk Driving director arrives at the agency with deep experience in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

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FHWA measures ultra-high performance concrete traction

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From “Building Bridges Better – Ultra-high performance concrete creates strong, long-lasting connections,” Federal Highway Administration Center for Accelerating Innovations’ Innovator, Issue 67 … The use of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) to make better field-cast connections between prefabricated bridge elements (PBEs) is advancing across the United States. Transportation agencies have used the steel fiber-reinforced, portland cement-based composite material on 100-plus projects since the nation’s first bridge incorporating UHPC was completed in Iowa in 2006. Half of those structures were built after the Federal Highway Administration began encouraging deployment of UHPC connections for PBEs through Every Day Counts (EDC) in 2015.

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