Pavement experts at the Illinois Center for Transportation, led by Director Imad Al-Qadi, will assist the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as it develops a national sustainable pavements program. The team includes CEE alumnus Kurt Smith (BS 84, MS 85) of APTech as the team manager.
The project, to begin during summer 2011, will identify sustainability issues with regard to pavements. The FHWA will use the information to help develop its sustainable pavements program to consider asphalt, concrete, granular, and other recyclable materials.
The desired outcome is to increase the awareness, visibility, and the body of knowledge of sustainability considerations in the design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of pavement systems.
Other organizations, in addition to APTech and Illinois, that are part of this team include the University of California Pavement Research Center, University of Washington, Virginia Tech, University of New Hampshire, The Right Environment, and CH2M Hill.