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American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

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American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
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Formed as the American Association of State Highway Officials in 1914, also known as AASHTO, an organization of state Departments of Transportation.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials page on 9 June 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a standards setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines which are used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. Despite its name, the association represents not only highways but air, rail, water, and public transportation as well.

The voting membership of AASHTO consists of the Department of Transportation of each state in the United States, as well as those of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The United States Department of Transportation, some U.S. cities, counties and toll-road operators, most Canadian provinces as well as the Hong Kong Highways Department, the Turkish Ministry of Public Works and Settlement and the Nigerian Association of Public Highway and Transportation Officials have non-voting associate memberships.

Though it sets transportation standards and policy for the United States as a whole, AASHTO is not an agency of the federal government; rather it is an organization of the states themselves. Policies of AASHTO are not federal laws or policies, but rather are ways to coordinate state laws and policies in the field of transportation.

The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) was founded on December 12, 1914. Its name was changed to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on November 13, 1973. The name change reflects a broadened scope to cover all modes of transportation, although most of its activities are still specific to highways.

While AASHTO is not a government body, it does possess quasi-governmental powers in the sense that the organizations that supply its members customarily obey most AASHTO decisions.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 March 2015FHWA and AASHTO Release Findings on Dimensions of ET-Plus Guardrail End TerminalFHWA
11 September 2015FHWA and AASHTO Release Findings on Guardrail Terminal Crash AnalysisFHWA


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