Highway Engineering: Highway Administration, Planning & Evaluation
Good highways are so interwoven with every phase of our daily activities that it is almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without them.We depend on highways for the movement of goods, for travel to and from work, for services, for social and recreational purposes, and for many other activities necessary to the functioning of our complex society. The planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of highways depend largely on the efforts of the highway engineer, who must translate the desires of the people for better highway transportation into physical being.
This is the second course in the Highway Engineering course series. This 6-hour interactive online course covers highway administration, planning and evaluations. The course kicks off with a close look at the Federal Highway Administration and its organization. It covers the Federal-Aid Program, the Federal Lands Highway Program, State Highway and Transportation Departments, and Highway financing. The section on planning describes the basic characteristics of transportation planning and of the models that are used by planners. It presents the basic elements of the transportation planning process and describes the data collection techniques that provide important input into technical approaches toward transportation planning. You''ll discuss the different steps of the modeling process and the information they provide to the planning process. This section wraps up with a look at the evaluation concepts that provide the linkage between technical analysis activities and the ultimate selection of a preferred course of action. The course winds down with an examination of the techniques and procedures used for evaluating new highway systems and improvements to existing systems.
At the conclusion of this course, you will:
- Be familiar with the Federal Highway Administration, including its organization, the administration of Federal-Aid programs, the Federal Lands Highway Projects and research activities of the department.
- Have a knowledge of the State Highway Administration, including its organization and functions.
- Understand Local Road Administration, consisting of municipal street administration and related organizations.
- Know about Highway Financing and the sources of revenue and expenditures. A special focus will be paid to bond financing.
- Be familiar with planning for transportation of the future, including studies and methods of data collection.
- Have an understanding of the Planning and Project Evaluation and the metrics thereof, including methods of statistical analysis.
- Understand Economic Analysis for highway projects, analyzing the cost-benefit ratios of highway user cost, the costs of highway transportation, the benefits of highway improvement and the calculation of present value.
- Learn the social and environmental consequences of highways and other public projects, including all types of pollution, including noise pollution.
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- AEC Complete
This course can be used for CE or applies to the State Licenses and Professional Organizations listed below.
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Dr. Karen Dixon is an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering at Oregon State University. She has her Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors in Civil Engineering. Professor Dixon's interests include transportation design, operations, and safety with particular emphasis on creating a transportation infrastructure that serves all prospective users. Dr. Paul Wright is widely recognized as an expert in highway safety.
Interesting refresher course on the background of the highway transportatio…
By Sharon B. (Engineer) on December 31, 2017
Interesting refresher course on the background of the highway transportation system and planning. I would have followed the economic section more clearly had I printed the material out.
Was good but some topics were sacrificed to make more room for others.
By Jared P. on December 28, 2017
Was good but some topics were sacrificed to make more room for others. 30 pages on noise???
There are a lot of typos.
By Bryan C. on November 26, 2017
There are a lot of typos. The conclusion/reference section intro slides are reversed.
By Arturo A. on September 12, 2017
Many typos in exam.
By Floyd W. (Engineer, Professional Organization) on February 27, 2018
Many typos in exam. Old data, course needs updating. Graphic are difficult to read.