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URI to host transportation research forum Nov. 3

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – Oct. 24, 2006 – The University of Rhode Island will host the 19th annual Rhode Island Transportation Forum on Nov. 3 to share news of current transportation research conducted in the state and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national interstate highway system.

The event will be held at the Chester Kirk Auditorium and the University Club on the URI Kingston campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is sponsored by the URI Transportation Research Center and the Construction Industries of Rhode Island.

The forum will consist of 10 presentations on the results of transportation-related research on such topics as bridge monitoring technologies, roadway message signs, concrete-asphalt pavement systems, storm water run-off from roadways, and highway plantings. In addition, exhibits highlighting the results of more than 20 other transportation research projects will be on display.

The keynote speakers, both from the Federal Highway Administration, will be Steve Chase, who will discuss “Current and Future Transportation Infrastructure Issues and New Directions for the Nation’s Transportation Research Program,” and Thomas Harman discussing “A Roadmap for the National Asphalt Research and Development.”

During the program, a presentation will be made of the best URI graduate thesis on a transportation topic. The 2006 winner is Jana Velde, whose research topic was “The Estimation of Bridge Displacement from Measured Acceleration Records.”

For more information about the forum, contact URI Civil Engineering Professor K. Wayne Lee at 401-874-2695 or