InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Summary of U.S. research on wood transportation structures

An extensive U.S. research program to further develop
wood utilization in transportation structures is currently
in progress as a joint effort of the USDA Forest Service,
Forest Products Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. This
research is funded primarily by U.S. legislation and
involves cooperative research with universities,
government agencies, and private industry. Within the
program, research is divided into six areas: system
development and design, lumber design properties,
preservatives, alternate transportation system timber
structures, inspection and rehabilitation, and technology
and information transfer. This paper presents a brief
summary of selected research program highlights within
each of these areas and includes a listing of recent