The Highway Research Center (HRC) was established at Auburn University in 1985. The mission of the HRC is to support Alabama’s highway industry through a coordinated research program. Research activities are coordinated with the Alabama Department of Transportation, regional and national research programs (NCHRP, FHWA, AASHTO), county and municipal agencies, material suppliers, and contractors.

The HRC’s funds are used to develop and sustain research programs that improve highway transportation for the citizens of Alabama and to enhance the education of Auburn University students.  Many of HRC’s projects involve workshops to the industry which contributes to the university’s outreach mission.  HRC staff is also responsible for arranging the technical program for the annual Alabama Transportation Conference that is attended by 500 to 800 individuals annually.

Rueda Awarded NCHRP Project


Dr. Jorge Rueda has received word that he and his colleagues have been selected to work on TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 10-101 titled “Improving Mid-Term, Intermediate, and Long-Range Cost Forecasting: Guidance for State Departments of Transportation”.   Dr. Rueda will serve as Principle Investigator for this project and he will work with researchers from Arizona State University, Cal Poly Pomona, and Applied Research Associates. The objective of this research is to provide guidance for state DOTs to improve forecasting for mid-term, intermediate, and long-range time horizons to better account for cost variability, economic volatility, and risk. The study will produce a user-friendly framework to assist DOTs in the selection and implementation of strategies, methods, and tools to forecast construction costs over long periods of time.

Last Updated: 8/7/18 4:30 PM