Committee on Construction

AASHTO Liaisons
Casey Soneira, Program Manager for Engineering
Marlon Spinks , AASHTO Engineering Fellow


The following web links provide useful information for those in the field of highway construction.

    • AASHTO’s Technology Implementation Group (TIG)—The purpose of the TIG is to identify and champion the implementation or deployment of a select few “ready-to-use” technologies, products, or processes that are likely to yield significant economic or qualitative benefits to the users.
    • National Highway Specifications Web Site—This web site consists of a searchable library of transportation specifications from across the country, including emerging specifications in the areas of quality assurance, performance-related, warranty specifications, and other innovative specifcations. The site also features a discussion forum.
    • Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse—The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing the transportation construction industry and the general public with comprehensive information to improve motorist, worker, and pedestrian safety in roadway work zones.
    • FHWA’s Work Zone Program—This web site provides information on innovative practices and emerging technologies, planning and decision support tools, studies and research, interactive workshops and forums, and links to other work zone-related sites.
    • Highway Construction Cost Increases and Competition Issues—FHWA has established a web page to share information regarding increasing construction costs.
    • Alternative Contracting Community of Practice—This web site is intended to provide FHWA, state, and local agency staff with a forum for sharing alternative contracting methods, processes, experiences, and other information that may aid in the delivery of highway construction projects nationwide.
    • AASHTO’s Innovative Highway Technologies Web Site—This web site is intended to help spread the word about the use and benefits of the SHRP technologies, which have been categorized into the following seven technology areas: Pavement Preservation, Superpave (mix design system for asphalt concrete pavements), Alkali-Silica Reactivity, Innovative Pavement Maintenance Materials, Concrete Assessment and Rehabilitation, High-Performance Concrete, and Anti-Icing/Road Weather Information Systems.
    • National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ) Web Site—NPHQ’s web site publicizes achievements and innovations from AASHTO members, as well as affiliate and associate members, that have promise for improving quality in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and/or operation of the nation’s highways, roads, and streets.
    • Emerging Construction Technologies—Developed by the Construction Industry Institute at Purdue University, the purpose of this site is to present emerging construction technologies that could produce a “high impact” in the construction industry. The technologies are divided into five areas: civil, mechanical, internet-based, electrical, and other. Each technology is presented in fact sheets describing the need, the technology, benefits, status, barriers, points of contact, and references.
    • Utah State University Innovative Contracting Web Site—The Utah State University’s Innovative Contracting web site includes information concerning various construction contracting techniques such as design-build, warranties, cost-plus-time bidding, lane rental, job order contracting, and many other non-traditional contracting techniques. State DOT work plans and evaluation reports from FHWA’s Special Experimental Project No. 14, “Innovative Contracting,” are provided. The site also features a best practices guide and a decision tree for selecting the appropriate contracting technique.
    • Utah DOT Interactive Construction Training Guide—UDOT’s interactive construction inspection manual is very professional and includes some great how-to videos (e.g. see chapter 5 on pavement and materials with embedded links to YouTube videos). The manual also includes links to various other types of presentations.