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Our Mission

The mission of the American Society of Highway Engineers is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system through education, innovation and fellowship.


Our Vision

The Vision of the American Society of Highway Engineers is to provide leadership and innovation to the highway industry, ensuring mobility for the future.



The realization of the enormous growth of the highway industry in the Mid-20th century, in particular, the inauguration and implementation of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highway Act of 1956, and the recognition that the knowledge for such a program could only be consummated by the whole-hearted and integrated efforts of all persons associated with the highway industry, led to the formation of the American Society of Highway Engineers with the intent and determination to assume its responsibility for the development of the rapid growing demands of the highway industry.



The Society was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1958 with the conception and inception of the first Chartered Section credited to a small group of dedicated engineers from the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, in association with a group of outstanding contractors, material suppliers and consulting engineers in the Harrisburg area.



The Board of Directors consists of representatives of contractors, consulting engineers, government agencies, materials producers, utility companies and other highway related agencies being duly elected Officers to serve as the Administrative Staff of the Society.



Being desirous of offering participation at all levels of responsibility, a classified membership is available to everyone in the highway industry. Individuals who have practiced or are now practicing in the highway industry or its allied as Senior Members, Members, Associate Members, and Honorary Members.



At the present time, the Society membership numbers over five thousand consisting of eleven (11) sections in Pennsylvania - Altoona, Clearfield, Delaware Valley (Philadelphia area), East Penn (Allentown, Easton, Reading areas), Franklin, Harrisburg, Mid-Allegheny (Indiana area), North-East Penn (Scranton area), Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania (Uniontown area) and Williamsport; six (6) sections in Ohio - Cuyahoga Valley (Akron-Canton area), Western Reserve (Youngstown area), Central Ohio (Columbus area), Lake Erie (Cleveland area), Northwest Ohio (Toledo area), and Triko Valley (Cincinnatti area); one (1) section in West Virginia - North Central West Virginia (Clarksburg area); two (2) sections in New Jersey - Southern New Jersey and North Central New Jersey; one (1) section in Delaware - First State Section; one (1) section in Maryland - Chesapeake; two (2) sections in Virginia - Greater Hampton Roads and Old Dominion (Richmond); one (1) section in Washington, DC - Potomac; (2) sections in North Carolina - Carolina Triangle (Raleigh area) and Carolina Piedmont (Charlotte area); (1) section in Georgia - Georgia Section; four (4) sections in Florida - Central Florida (Orlando area), Gold Coast (Ft. Lauderdale area), North East Florida (Jacksonville area), and Tampa Bay (Tampa area); and (1) one section in North Dakota - Central DaKota (Bismarck area). The Society also includes members from numerous other states.



The many and diverse benefits of a mutual desire among the members to cooperatively approach and solve the common concerns that must be faced has become manifest. The direction of the Society is presented by the goals in the Long Range Plan. The spirit of professional and personal fellowship has added to the strength of all.





The members of the highway industry recognize that their work has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. As a result, the service provided by the various professionals, industries, and businesses requires honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. To this end, Society members should be aware of the Society's mission statement, understand its impact to their profession and use it in their daily conduct of work.


I. Society Member Objectives


A. The safety, health and welfare of the public shall be held prominent in their conduct of work.
B. Members shall provide or perform services only in areas of their expertise or competence.
C. Members shall act in a professional manner for each employer and client as faithful agents or trustees.
D. Members shall avoid improper acts in the solicitation of their services.


II. Code of Conduct


A. The safety, health and welfare of the public will be held prominent in the conduct of work by Society members.


1 . Society members shall perform their work recognizing the importance of protecting the safety, health, property and welfare of the public.
2. If, during the conduct of work, a member's judgement is compromised or overruled in such a way that endangers the safety, health, property or welfare of the public, the member shall notify the appropriate authority.
3. Members shall refrain from association with any person or business venture which they suspect to be engaged in fraudulent or dishonest business practices


B. Members should provide or perform services solely in areas of their expertise or competence.


1 . Society members shall perform work assignments only when qualified by training, education or experience in the specified field or service involved.
2. Members shall recommend, approve or promote only those products or services in which they have complete competence and knowledge.


C. Members should act in a proper business or professional manner for each employer and client as faithful agents or trustees.


1 . Society members shall identify all known and potential conflicts of interest to their employers or clients informing them of any business association which could influence or appear to influence their judgement or quality of service.
2. Members can accept compensation from more than one party for performing the same services providing that the circumstances are fully disclosed and agreed to by all interested parties.


D. Members should maintain the utmost integrity in the solicitation of their products and services.

1 . Society members shall be entirely truthful when representing their business experience, professional qualifications, or product performance.
2. Members shall not offer, give, solicit, or receive any gift, political contribution, or other valuable consideration with the intent of receiving favorable consideration for a contract award, materials purchase or other work.


III. Member Obligations


A. Members of the Society shall be guided in their provision of services by the highest standards of integrity.
B. Members of the Society shall at all times strive to serve the public interest.

C. Members of the Society shall refrain from all conduct or practice which may discredit the highway industry or deceive the public.
D. Members of the Society shall not disclose confidential information concerning the business affairs or technical processes of any present or former client or employer without his consent.
E. Members of the Society shall not be influenced by conflicting interests.
F. Members of the Society shall uphold the principle that adequate compensation be received for services provided to the highway industry.
G. Members of the Society shall be totally truthful in their efforts to gain employment or advancement and shall not criticize other members of the highway industry.
H. Members of the Society shall not attempt to injure, maliciously or falsely, directly or indirectly, the reputation, prospects, practice or employment of other members of the highway industry.
I. Members of the Society shall cooperate with one another in extending the effectiveness of the highway industry by the exchange of information and experience with other members of the Society and will provide opportunity for the advancement and development of other members under their supervision.


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