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EDC-3 Innovations: Efficiency through technology and collaboration.
The EDC initiative is designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at reducing the time it takes to deliver highway projects, enhance safety, and protect the environment.
July/August Innovator is here.

Every Day Counts (EDC) is designed to focus on a finite set of initiatives. Teams from the Federal Highway Administration will work with state, local, and industry partners to deploy the initiatives and will develop performance measures to gauge their success.

What exactly is this thing called "Every Day Counts," and just how successful is it? Take a look at what others are saying about this innovative approach to getting new ideas into use in the highway community.

EDC overview video

EDC-1 Innovations (2011-2012)

The first group of innovations, or EDC-1, was identified in 2010. These innovations were promoted through Every Day Counts during 2011 and 2012.

Click here to read the article on the EDC-1 effort from the November/December 2013 issue of Public Roads magazine.

EDC-2 Innovations (2013-2014)

In the end of 2012, sponsorship of the EDC-1 innovations by the Every Day Counts initiative came to a close, and a new set of innovations, EDC-2, was selected for deployment. All of them provide ways of improving the work of highway planning, design, construction and operation.

In the March/April issue of Public Roads, this overview of the EDC initiative included a review of the activities of the EDC-2 effort. Click here to read the review.

EDC-3 Innovations (2015-2016)

The latest group of innovations to be promoted through the Every Day Counts initiative was announced to the public on August 28, 2014. These innovations continue the goal of shortening project delivery, enhancing roadway safety, reducing congestion, and improving environmental sustainability. This round of EDC carries the theme of "efficiency through technology and collaboration" as many of the technologies are aimed at improving collaboration among stakeholders to bring efficiencies to the development and delivery of roadway projects.



Highways for Life

Highways for LIFE was a Congressionally-authorized initiative of the Federal Highway Administration aimed at getting innovations and new technologies into standard use faster. Merely because an innovation is found to work doesn't mean the hundreds of federal, state and local transportation agencies, as well as contractors, consulting engineers, and academics are going to embrace it. The Highways for LIFE program created training programs, sponsored workshops, and developed communications tools to get those innovations adopted faster. The term "LIFE" in the Highways for LIFE name was an acronym to represent the need to advance Longer-lasting highway infrastructure using Innovations to accomplish the Fast construction of Efficient and safe highways and bridges.

While the program is no longer active, many of its efforts and approaches have application today. To access these areas go to http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hfl/.

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The Innovation Sessions at the EDC-3 Regional Summits will be broadcast live via the web. For the schedule of the broadcast and to register, please click here.

Washington State DOT Peer Exchange on Local Public Agency Certification Program
On June 11, 2014, the Washington State DOT hosted a virtual peer exchange to discuss the DOT's local public agency Certification program processes, challenges and successes. This report provides highlights of the exchange and could prove helpful to other agencies.

NOW AVAILABLE: Free web-based training about 3D Engineered Models. The training is broken up into 4 different models as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to 3D Engineered Models for Highway Transportation
Module 2: Surveying and 3D Engineered Models
Module 3: 3D Engineered Models in Highway Design
Module 4: Applications of 3D Engineered Models in Highway Construction
You may access the web based training here.

Every two years, a new group of innovations is selected for promotion through the Every Day Counts initiative. The announcement of the third wave of innovations — EDC-3 — came on August 28, 2014. Learn more about the innovations.

First AID Demonstration Awards Announced

U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds, which offset the cost of demonstration projects, will help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Click here for more information.

July/August Innovator is here!

The latest issue of the Innovator newsletter is now available here. You'll see videos, slides, and other audio-visuals to go with articles on the latest news in highway innovation. A pdf is also accessible.

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