Local Roads Issues and Sign Support Research

Rural roadways and bridges in Alabama (as well as many other states) are in need of repair and rehabilitation. A recent survey of 44 participating counties (out of 67 total counties) by the Alabama County Engineer’s Association (ACEA) identified that total near-term funding of over $400M is needed to replace structurally deficient bridges within the local roads system in Alabama. The objective of the “Local Roads” project was to develop an easy-to-use methodology for assessing, prioritizing, and predicting the condition of local roads bridges and culverts that are less than 20 feet in length. The objective of the “Flowable Fill” project was to develop innovative uses, based on the experience of other states, in the use of flowable fill for the rehabilitation of local roads bridges. In addition, Sign Support Research portions primary objective was to enhance the Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires, and Traffic Signals proposed under NCHRP 17-10(1), which UAB-CEE also performed.