Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)


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6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101
United States

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The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) is a federally owned and operated research facility in McLean, Va. TFHRC is the home of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Research, Development, and Technology. TFHRC provides FHWA and the world highway community with the most advanced research and development related to new highway technologies. The research focuses on providing solutions to complex technical problems through the development of more economical, environmentally sensitive designs; more efficient, quality controlled constructions practices; and more durable materials. The end result is a safer, more reliable highway transportation system.


Researchers at TFHRC are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the problems facing the highway community today. This research spans six categories:
  • Human Centered Systems
  • Materials Technology
  • Operations & Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Pavements
  • Safety
  • Structures

Technology Disciplines

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In-situ scour testing device
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Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory
Geometric Design Laboratory
Geotechnical Laboratory
Human Factors Laboratory
J. Sterling Jones Hydraulics Research Laboratory
Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory
Pavement Testing Facility
Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Structures Laboratory



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We provide acquisition and assistance policy development and oversight for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Additionally, we provide operational contract and assistance support to the FHWA headquarters organization, including the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) and the National Highway Institute (NHI).

Our office:

  • Develops and implements FHWA-wide acquisition policies and procedures
  • Provides acquisition training, guidance, and advice to Headquarters and field organizations
  • Manages the FHWA Purchase Card Program and the Agency's Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Program
  • Negotiates, awards, and administers a variety of contractual instruments, including contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and purchase orders
  • Procures technical and professional support services, research studies, analyses, information technology, training, and other goods and services in support of FHWA Headquarters programs
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The 2015 FHWA R&T Story

Research and Innovative Solutions for the Nation’s Highway Challenges

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