The purpose of the Research Focus Group is to serve as liaison for the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Maintenance and provide support to Roadway, Roadside, Bridge, Traffic Services, and Snow & Ice Task Forces to meet their research needs. This shall be accomplished through the following:
Providing a forum for the interchange of research information;
Surveying the Task Forces annually for items that warrant research, and assisting them in the development of appropriate research problem statements;
Prioritizing the research problem statements and preparing a letter of transmittal to the Secretary of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research presenting research problem statements and synthesis of practice problem statements which have been endorsed by the delegates; and
Establishing lines of effective communications with research coordinators with the Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Research Board, and other groups (private partnerships, State pooled fund projects, etc.), as needed.