As the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic for the foreseeable future, IRF is proud to heed the call for more on-line training resources for our sector. As such, we are pleased to announce that we will be moving two of our most popular workshops to our new on-line training platform beginning the first week May with more workshops to come! The need to learn never stops and IRF Global is happy to meet the professional development needs of the Road Sector.

IRF e-Learning Webinars offer an excellent overview of the international state of the art and regulatory environment across a range of road and transportation topics. They also provide an introduction to the discussion topics and coursework covered in the traditional courses.

The International Road Federation (IRF Global) today presented its prestigious road safety accolade - known as the 'Find a Way' award - to Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o. a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving Croatia’s highway network.

The infrastructure industry is a continually evolving business technology environment. Each of these innovations has brought it closer to the final frontier of the infrastructure technology revolution - the complete digitalization of infrastructure.

There is great power in an ecosystem of diverse players and parties all working towards a shared goal. And when the goal is safer roads, we need that power now more than ever before. The duty that industry and private sector companies have to be a part of the solution is also an opportunity.

On the backdrop of declining fuel consumption due to the introduction of e-vehicles and cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the sustainability of traditional sources of road user charges revenue, specifically the fuel levy, necessitates the need to adopt strategies to seek alternative and long-term funding solutions for road maintenance.

Over the next decade, LMICs are projected to invest more than US$140 bn per annum on road infrastructure construction and maintenance. The economic viability, technical, financing and maintenance options for many of these investments will be appraised and optimised using HDM-4, a highway development and management software tool.

While activists and world leaders are preoccupied with the challenges of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the carbon intensity of road infrastructure remains under reported, if at all. The fact that the average service life of roads is 10-15 years provides us all with a clear event horizon directly connected to the Paris Agreement in 2035 and 2050.

In most developing countries, expenditure on road maintenance is often below the required optimum maintenance needs, resulting in a maintenance backlog and loss of road assets due to deferred maintenance. Road users bear the cost of poor maintenance directly and should therefore be ready to pay extra for maintenance

As people journey to work post-COVID, road congestion is easing its way back into people's everyday lives, hindering travel with slower speeds and longer trip times. The vision of progress within public, private, and shared transportation modes lie in Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions.

The Waze navigation application already has a functionality to report road hazards and warn other users of the application. However resolving these road hazards required manual reports to road agencies through existing communication channels. Latvia’s agency in charge of road maintenance has gained access to the Waze report feed, as a result of which up to 70 % from total reports processed by the agency are generated by Waze.

When ETI Founder and Chairman Sun-Ho Choi first started his business in Korea, he was inspired by an epiphany that he had while visiting a Buddhist Monastery in Tibet.

The use of Reclaimed Asphalt reduces the required amount of virgin aggregates and binder, leading to cost reduction, energy conservation as well as increased sustainable pavement practices even in hot climate conditions

The International Road Federation (IRF) has presented its annual "Find a Way" Global Road Safety Award to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works on the closing day of the IRF "Vision Zero for Latin America" Road Safety Conference.

The International Road Federation (IRF) and the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) are convening global surface transportation specialists to the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition on November 7-10, 2021.

Faced with a climate emergency where transport is one of the biggest contributors, the ITS industry and public policy have a major role to play in the fight against global warming. The new IRF Taskforce is established to build knowledge among road transport stakeholders from public and private sectors and identify appropriate, feasible and effective decarbonization measures.

The International Road Federation has presented its annual “Find a Way” Global Road Safety Award to the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) on the closing day of the IRF “Vision Zero for Africa” Road Safety Conference.

IRF is establishing a new Taskforce is established to fill this void by producing non-binding, globally applicable recommendations on adapting road infrastructure design, construction and operations to the new needs of AVs.

Arizona State University’s Schools of Engineering and FORTA Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based leader in the synthetic reinforcement fibers industry have announced a partnership to support further research into the resilience of pavements.

The International Road Federation (IRF) and Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) are convening global surface transportation specialists to the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition on November 7-10, 2021.

Her Excellency Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has been nominated to receive the International Road Federation's highest individual recognition.

A virtual summit of global road mobility thought-leaders and innovators begins today at the invitation of the International Road Federation (IRF).

The methods we deployed can extend the service life over 25 years and shorten the construction time significantly

Our solution saved taxpayers more than $30 million compared to a traditional approach, saved time, and caused less inconvenience to the traveling public.

“The breakthrough techniques developed for the GYE have resulted in an expressway of the highest quality in the world with a low impact on the regional ecology."

Lindsay Corporation is moving the world forward by creating the most innovative products and fully integrated systems. Whether looking to reconfigure a roadway or install lifesaving additions, Lindsay infrastructure options strive to keep roads and the people on them moving safely.

Transpo's Breakaway Post Support Systems, Break-Safe® and Pole-Safe®, feature couplings designed to be used on roadway components such as signs and light poles located within roadside clear zones and other locations vulnerable to impacts. Our team of experts and engineering tools bring clients a level of technical support that is unparalleled in the industry.

The development of eco-labels gives producers a competitive advantage in the market and helps them communicate their sustainability aspirations."

"The increased efficiency of all vehicles is clearly beneficial to reducing greenhouse gas from the transportation sector but is negatively impacting current funding."

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Dubai Intelligent Traffic Systems Centre constructed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The facility is considered one of the biggest and most sophisticated traffic control centres worldwide in terms of smart technology use and the management of traffic systems.

With the aim of contributing to advance road safety, the United Nations Institute for Training And Research (UNITAR) developed the "Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit Learning App" which presents a practical management methodology that can be applied in the field of road safety.

Infrastructure investment is likely to receive new attention as a means of recovering from the COVID related economic recession and a way of stimulating a jobs recovery. Economic activity during this pandemic has fallen even more precipitously than it did in the crash of 1929.

Her Excellency Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management has been nominated to receive the International Road Federation's highest individual recognition.

The International Road Federation (IRF Global) and Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) invite surface transportation specialists to submit contributions to the scientific program of the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition.

Dr. Bill Sowell, Senior Vice Chairman of the IRF and President of Argonaut International Consulting, Inc. will lead a list of distinguished international industry experts in an Intertraffic hosted webinar “Smart Technologies to Improve Road Safety”.

IRF Member FORTA partners with Arizona State University to jointly advance stronger pavement materials that make roadways safer and more durable.

Prior to the pandemic, one of the hottest topics in our industry was the potential for automated vehicles to increase safety and mobility while decreasing congestion.

Let’s start working immediately for the maximum diffusion of technology and ITS in the post-crisis.

A message from IRF President & CEO C. Patrick Sankey outlining IRF Global's plans to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue delivering value to IRF members & partners.

Transportation in the U.S. after COVID-19: A bold vision of research and investment in the transportation systems of the future.

Beginning in April 2020, IRF is launching a “Safe Roads by Design” Professional Credential, designed as a companion initiative to the IRF Global Road Safety Audit Team Leader Credential. Available exclusively online, the new Credential offers a pathway for individuals seeking recognition of their knowledge and experience of safe road design & management practices.

IRF's program of international conferences in 2020 includes landmark events in Accra (Ghana), Montego Bay (Jamaica), Bali (Indonesia), and Houston (USA). Each event represents a valuable opportunity to share applied knowledge by submitting an abstract or academic paper.

RoadBotics recently launched a Web Event Series, Remote with RoadBotics. The series is comprised of web-based presentations and discussions that cover a wide range of topics for civil engineers and public works professionals. 

When the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) embarked on a talent development initiative for its Emirati staff, it turned to the International Road Federation to deliver a comprehensive knowledge transfer program covering a wide spectrum of operational areas.

The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety concluded in Stockholm, Sweden today with a renewed call by policy makers and road safety stakeholders representing over 100 countries to cut fatal traffic injuries by 50% within the next decade.

The Jakarta, Indonesia JORR W2 Toll Road project is the result of research and development of a novel and unique reacted and activated rubber dry powder (RARX) consisting of chemically prepared granulates of scrap tire crumb rubber.

The IRF Committee on Road Safety has released a new policy statement calling for road authorities accept the responsibility to set stringent safety requirements for contractors involved in maintenance works on roads open to traffic, and independently verify that these requirements are met.

Farinoush Sharifi, a Ph.D. student in Transportation Engineering at Texas A&M University, recounts her recent experience with the IRF Road Scholar Program, an annual leadership & orientation program to prepare transportation students for future leadership positions within the industry.

With Atlanta’s traffic congestion among the worst in the United States, the Georgia DOT implemented the State’s first two Reversible Express Lanes Projects on the I-75 South Metro and Northwest Corridor roadways. In 2019, the project scooped IRF’s prestigious Global Road Achievement Award in the ITS & Smart Mobility Category.

Charging road users is an age-old concept that is currently experiencing a renaissance thanks to pressing funding concerns and the concurrent emergence of a wider range of technology options. IRF’s new White Paper builds on expert consensus to provide key policy and technology trends.

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