Two transportation officials from Hungary will visit the West Virginia University campus Jan. 29-Feb. 3 to tour the West Virginia Transportation Technology Transfer Center.

The visiting officials will be Timea Kadas, public relations assistant for the Hungarian Ministry of Transport, Telecommunication and Water Management; and Atilla Mocsari, transport and traffic engineer for State Road Management Co., Hajdu-Bihar County, Hungary.

Their visit is the first step toward establishing a partnership between the West Virginia center and a future Hungarian center. Kadas and Mocsari will also visit similar centers in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

While in West Virginia, Kadas and Mocsari will meet with various officials and local engineering professionals. They will also have the opportunity to observe several projects and to speak with local officials regarding the use of gas-well brines for roadway snow and ice removal.

Funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Transportation Technology Transfer Center is housed in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of WVU . The center provides training and technical assistance for state and municipal highway maintenance personnel and is part of the national Local Technical Assistance Program.