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Highway Research Center

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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, materials suppliers, and contractors.


Professional Development

The Alabama Transportation Assistance Program (ATAP) is part of the Highway Research Center and is also Alabama’s LTAP Center.  ATAP serves as a management resource for highways and streets maintained by local governments by providing cost-effective training and technical assistance to counties and cities in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and consulting engineers who practice in Alabama.  ATAP offers 40-50 workshops each year that cover a variety of transportation-related topics.