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Work Begins on Seismic Vulnerability of the National Highway System Project

After a long delay necessitated by required administrative activities, MCEER has finally started work on the first year’s research under the FHWA-sponsored project "Seismic Vulnerability of the National Highway System." This 6-year, $10.8 million project was initiated by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which was signed into law in July 1998. The overall objective of the project is to extend the work that is currently nearing completion on the design and retrofitting of standard highway construction in the U.S., and to conduct a series of special tasks related to highway bridge design, non-destructive evaluation, and transportation system performance.

Specific tasks included in this first year’s effort include:

An independent advisory committee (the Highway Seismic Research Council) has been appointed to help guide the research being conducted under the project and to assist in the integration of these activities with and outreach to other Federal and state agencies, and practicing engineering groups, involved in earthquake mitigation activities. It is anticipated that the first meeting of this Council will be held in mid-November of this year.


MCEER Bulletin, Summer 1999, Vol. 13, No. 3

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