workers will also need to incorporate the new technologies. Researchers will need to direct their investigations toward rapid renewal approaches, building on and going beyond what has already been developed.
Incorporation of the SHRP 2 Renewal research products into standard business practices will be challenging but rewarding. What were once viewed as highly innovative measures employed for use only on special projects will become the normal way of doing business. Stakeholders will modify the ways they think and act, and possibly the ways their organizations are structured. The highway transportation community is large, complex, and generally risk averse. Small innovations are sometimes easier to implement than those that require a paradigm shift. Time and dedicated resources will be required to create an environment in which the highway community will embrace innovations that promise long-term benefits and may require a substantial change in organizational behavior and business practices. SHRP 2 Renewal products must be applied systematically over an extended period of time for such change to take place.
AASHTO TIG American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Technology Implementation Group
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
Utah DOT Utah Department of Transportation
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