The Federal Highway Administration began with the Office of Road Inquiry in 1893. In 1905 it was renamed the Office of Public Roads, and became a division of the USDA. In 1949, it became the Bureau of Public Roads under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, and in 1966, the Federal Highway Administration, the organization we know today,  was formed, and began to assume the duties of the Bureau of Public Roads in 1967.

The Federal Highway Administration’s duties include the governing of the construction, maintenance, and preservation of the United States many highways, bridges, and tunnels. It is an agency of the Department of Transportation and provides financial and technical assistance to state and local governments for projects related to our nation’s highway system.

Vision of the FHWA: ” Our agency and our transportation system are the best in the world.”

The Mission: “To improve mobility on our nation’s highways through national leadership, innovation, and program delivery.”


For more information visit Federal Highway Administration’s website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov


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