The Highway Research Center performs research to improve the safety, user friendliness, sustainability, longevity and return on investment of our highway infrastructure.

The Highway Research Center conducts research in civil engineering sub-disciplines required for highway design, construction maintenance, and operation.  These sub-disciplines include:

  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Pavements and Materials
  • Structures
  • Transportation


The AU-ESCTF is part of the Highway Research Center in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), focused on providing research, testing, and training for the erosion and sediment control industry. Visit Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility for more information. 

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Last Updated: 8/7/18 4:31 PM