NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR HIGHWAY QUALITY
The National partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ)
is the successor name for the former National Quality Initiative.
NPHQ is dedicated to continuous quality improvement in the planning,
design, construction, and maintenance operations of the nation's
highways. The member organizations that comprise the NPHQ Steering
Committee consist of the following highway industry organizations:
- American Association of State Transportation Officials
- American Concrete Pavement Association
- American Consulting Engineers Council
- American Public Works Association
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association
- American traffic Safety Services Association
- Associated General Contractors of America
- Asphalt Institute
- Federal Highway Administration
- National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
- National Asphalt Pavement Association
- National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
NPHQ is a partnership that is guided by a Steering Committee
composed of Representatives from each of the member organizations.
This committee is co-chaired by a representative from the AASHTO
Standing Committee on Highways and by a representative of private
industry members of NPHQ. Program activities and operations
are guided by a long-range plan, which was developed with objectives
focused on continuing to improve the quality of highways in
the United States.
The NPHQ Steering Committee leads this program and strives
to get all of the States to consider using good practices that
are being successfully used in various state highway programs.
Four subcommittees, an Administrator, and a Secretary carry
out the directions of the Steering Committee.
The Awards Subcommittee oversees the NPHQ awards programs.
It evaluates nominations and makes recommendations to the Steering
Committee for the selection of award winners. It strives to
increase participation of the states in these awards and it
monitors the NPHQ awards programs to ensure their adequacy and
effectiveness. The Awards Program consists of the NPHQ National
Achievement Award and the NPHQ Making A Difference Awards, which
are given in alternate years.
The Communications Subcommittee guides the NPHQ outside communications,
publications, marketing and web site. It leads the NPHQ Special
Communication team that channels information about the NPHQ
program through the member organizations.
The Measurements Subcommittee is responsible for verifying
and providing data that shows the quality of the Nation's highways.
It evaluates the measures being used to validate quality improvement
and is constantly searching for new measures. The subcommittee
shares information with other subcommittees for use in their
areas of responsibility.
The State Quality Programs works to promote local quality programs
in the various states and in the local road and street programs.
It guides the NPHQ State Quality Program Lead States Team, which
is able to serve as mentors to other State Quality Programs
that want to start or improve an existing program. It also monitors
the accomplishments and innovations being implemented by the
State Quality Programs and forwards that information to the
Awards and Communications subcommittees for consideration.
NPHQ strives to be aware of customer needs and to champion
and encourage implementation of successful strategies used by
state, county and/or city highway, road, and street programs.
It emphasizes the use of customer-focused contracts and customer-focused
project delivery teams that complete construction and maintenance
work in a more timely, less-disruptive, and safer manner for
the customer and the driving public.
Major improvements in highway quality have occurred during
the eight years that NQI promoted improving the Nation's highways.
Significant increase in the number of vehicles and miles driven
has also occurred during this same period but there has been
very little increase in highway mileage. These facts mandate
that highway work must be cost-effective and provide longer
service life. Major portions of the U.S. highway system are
30, 40, even 50 years old. This aging infrastructure presents
challenges for state highway agencies and contractors to upgrade,
rehabilitate, and maintain. These challenges dictate that these
projects must be cost effective, take less time to build and
open to traffic, are high quality, and last longer. Highway
engineers and contractors must also look for new and innovative
techniques and practices that improve highway work and better
satisfy the needs of today's highway users. Higher quality and
longer lasting highways occur when state highway agencies, designers,
contractors, and suppliers come together and cooperate as project
delivery teams that are customer-focused and quality oriented.
While customer satisfaction surveys show that much of the public
believes that the highway system has improved, they also show
that the public expects their highways to continue to get better.
The National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ) is the only
nationally formed organization that combines public and private
highway expertise in an effort to promote keeping the Nation's
highway system in the highest quality condition possible and
to improve its safety and service to the public. The NPHQ Steering
Committee earnestly solicits your interest, support, and participation
in this important mission.
Questions about NPHQ or requests for additional information
should be directed to NPHQ Administrator Bob Templeton at telephone
number (512) 301-9897, or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come visit NPHQ's web site at www.nphq.org.
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