Transportation Engineering Research Needs

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 11, Pg. 89-91

Document Type: Feature article


In June 1979 a workshop on Civil Engineering Research Needs was convened by the National Science Foundation and ASCE. Of 10 subfields into which civil engineering was split, one was transportation engineering. The article describes some of the top-priority transportation engineering needs identified in that effort. Focus is on highways. Categories include bridges; pavement maintenance and design; recycling pavements; optimizing use of existing transportation facilities; and highway safety. Another category mentioned is evaluating condition of railroad roadbed. Looking at the research needs list as a whole, focus is on preventing deterioration of existing facilities, and on keeping their quality at an acceptable level at minimum cost.

Subject Headings: Pavement design | Transportation engineering | Bridge design | Highway bridges | Existing buildings | Federal government | Highways and roads | Maintenance

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