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National Cooperative Highway Research Program <br>Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Video

The National Cooperative Highway Research Project (NCHRP) unveiled a video this weekend that showcases the accomplishments of the group throughout the last five decades. The video was released on Sunday during the awards luncheon at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh as a way to celebrate NCHRP's 50th anniversary this year.

NCHRP was formed in 1962 as a joint research effort funded by states with the goal of solving common problems in planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance as they relate to the nation's highway system. The effort is administered by the Transportation Research Board and sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (and its state members) and the Federal Highway Administration. The video summarizes NCHRP's contributions to AASHTO and the entire nation, featuring Michigan Department of Transportation Director and AASHTO outgoing President Kirk Steudle and Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director and AASHTO incoming President Mike Lewis.

Along with the video, NCHRP released a 20-page booklet to showcase the various contributions made by the group since its inception.

"As representatives of the partner organizations guiding NCHRP, we recognize that our support is critical to the program's continued success. We each have a unique appreciation for NCHRP, yet share common perspectives about its value and benefits," says a letter signed by FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley, and TRB Executive Director Robert Skinner, featured in NCHRP's 50th anniversary booklet. "NCHRP has adapted its research so that it effectively addresses the increasingly complex and ever-changing issues that state DOTs face. As the transportation landscape has shifted these past five decades with new societal, political, and financial demands, states have sought to learn about innovative new solutions and alternatives through NCHRP research. NCHRP has evolved as challenges have evolved over the years to better address the broad range of issues involved with sustaining and improving the nation's highway system."

NCHRP's 50th anniversary video is available at bit.ly/NCHRP50vid. Additional information on NCHRP can be found at bit.ly/NCHRPinfo.

11/21/2012
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