Federal Officials Promote Greater Use of Pavement Preservation

As state and federal tax revenues for transportation construction have continued to shrink, a quiet evolution has taken place in highway management decision making. This important development, underway by Congress and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since the mid-1970s, and focused by the Inter-modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), has transformed a highway program of construction and re-construction to one of preservation, maintenance, and operations.

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