U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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The goal of the Every Day Counts effort on implementing quality environmental documentation is to improve and expedite transportation project delivery through focused improvement of National Environmental Policy Act documentation.
Several state transportation agencies are making progress on implementing the EDC program:
Manufacturers from Germany, Japan and the United States observed intelligent compaction at an Idaho Transportation Department demonstration project May 5 through 8 in Coeur d'Alene. The project is part of an FHWA research project investigating the correlation between intelligent compaction and in-place asphalt densities. The demonstration concluded with an open house showcasing intelligent compaction technology to representatives of contracting and consulting firms and state and local agencies.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation broke ground May 7 on a traffic incident management training facility in Nashville. The first of its kind in the nation, the facility will be used to teach emergency responders best practices for safe, quick clearance of major highway incidents. When complete in fall 2014, it will feature a section of interstate-like roadway ranging from two to six lanes, a two-lane highway section, a two-way interchange and a four-way intersection. An online video describes how the facility came about.
The Wyoming Engineering Society gave the Wyoming Department of Transportation the 2013 Presidential Project of the Year award for construction of the state's first diverging diamond interchange. The award recognizes excellence in engineering and surveying. The new interchangeâ€”located south of Cheyenne at I-25 and College Driveâ€”was built to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion. Traffic now moves onto and off of I-25 at nearly free-flow speeds, enhancing the operation of the interchange and almost eliminating queuing. Clear, consistent signs guide motorists through the interchange safely.
Transportation agencies in the District of Columbia, Georgia, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont are looking for possible project sites for the Long-Term Pavement Performance program's new warm-mix asphalt experiment. FHWA's Long-Term Pavement Performance team met with representatives of the agencies recently to discuss participation in the national study. The experiment will evaluate the long-term performance of various warm-mix asphalt technologies used on projects build in 2014 and 2015.