Highway Project Activities
Work on MCEER Highway Project 094 research is progressing as planned. The Year 1 annual report was prepared and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in mid-summer 2001, and can be viewed on our web site at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/research /HighwayPrj/TEA_21/proj094.
Meetings with the FHWA, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and US Geological Survey were held in the early fall to review plans and procedures for the project task which is designing and acquiring a structural response seismic instrumentation system for the cable-stayed bridge currently under construction across the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information on this project, see the Summer 1999 issue of the Bulletin via the publications section of our web site at http://mceer. buffalo.edu/publications/bulletin/99/03/sum99.asp.
With respect to Year 3 research plans, the Research Committee (RC) met in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 25-26, 2001. During the meeting, the RC identified a number of specific research needs, and developed a preliminary task plan for the project. Funding will be allocated for several new tasks in Year 3, along with continued support for multiyear tasks which were initiated in Years 1 and 2. The Year 3 task plan and research budget will be finalized in the late fall, and it is anticipated that authorizations to initiate Year3 research will occur in early 2002.
Another major focus has been on planning for the 3rd National Seismic Conference and Workshop on Bridges and Highways, which MCEER is organizing on behalf of the FHWA. Progress on this effort is discussed in the article 3rd National Seismic Conference & Workshop on Bridges and Highways.