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NCHRP 20-25(3) [Completed]

Development of Training Material for Highway Construction Personnel

  Project Data
Funds: $299,998
Research Agency: SNI International Resources, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Richard P. White
Effective Date: 4/17/1995
Completion Date: 8/18/1997

The project developed comprehensive training packages for teaching 12 of the 45 courses identified under NCHRP Project 20-25(2) and a plan for promoting a national training program for highway construction personnel.

Budget restrictions, loss of skilled personnel, increased responsibility placed on quality assurance personnel, the changing role of the contractor with respect to quality control, and demands to construct projects faster have all affected the highway construction process in the United States. Training of field and office personnel involved in highway construction activities is an effective approach to improving the quality of highway construction and reducing life-cycle costs. However, current training programs for these personnel are neither comprehensive nor widely available. There was a need to develop comprehensive training packages to support a nationally applicable training program for highway-agency, consultant, and contractor personnel.

In this project, comprehensive training packages were developed for teaching 12 courses dealing with interpreting contract plans; general safety; work zone traffic control devices; electrical systems for signs, signals, and lighting; traffic signals and lighting; pavement markings; surveying; and minor drainage structures. In addition, a plan was developed for promoting the national training program recommended in NCHRP Project 20-25(2) and facilitating the use of project products. NCHRP Research Results Digest 228, "Development of Training Material for Highway construction Personnel," provides a summary of the work performed under this project.

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