ALDOT Peer Exchange Report Introduction

Research is the oldest function of organized transportation in our country. It has played a vital role in the advancements that have led to our current transportation system. Federal regulation (23 CFR 420 Subpart B) establishes the Peer Exchange process of Research, Development, and Technology Transfer management of each state department of transportation. State Planning and Research funds are contingent upon the completion of a Peer Exchange. Peer Exchanges allow each state an opportunity to share the operation of its research program with peers from other states. The Peer Exchange teams are typically composed of state research managers, FHWA representatives and university personnel. From this positive exchange, all parties receive the benefit of best management practices and positive ideas that can be incorporated into their respective research programs.

Peer Exchanges are recommended every 3 to 5 years. The 2001 Alabama Department of Transportation Bureau of Research and Development Peer Exchange was conducted at the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Auburn, Alabama. The Peer Exchange documented in this report was hosted by The University Transportation Center for Alabama on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.