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By encouraging innovation use, the Every Day Count initiative has helped many transportation departments try new technologies that protect the environment and make them standard practices in their states.
Warm-mix asphalt—produced and placed on the road at lower temperatures than traditional hot-mix asphaltâ€”reduces fuel use and paving costs while extending the paving season and improving compaction.
Adaptive signal control technology adjusts the timing of traffic lights to accommodate changing traffic patterns and ease congestion.
The Chubbuck Road interchange reconstruction, Idaho's first diverging diamond interchange design, is a western regional winner of an America's Transportation Award. The award in the Under Budget, Small Project category was announced at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2014 conference. The interchangeâ€”at the crossing of I-84 and U.S. 91 in southeast Idahoâ€”was finished in nine months. Its construction cost of $10.8 million was $2.1 million under the programmed amount.
Illinois Department of Transportation and FHWA staff reviewed three-dimensional modeling technology use on a Knox County highway reconstruction project. At the July 15 demonstration, participants met with staff of Knox County, the contractor and the design consultant. They heard presentations on the development of the 3-D model and how it helped the contractor bid on the project and learned how 3-D software was being used to build the project. The Illinois DOT is planning a scanning tour in Iowa to explore 3-D technology further. The Knox County project received an FHWA Highways for LIFE grant for its innovation use.
Intelligent compaction and 3-D engineered models for construction were featured at an Oregon Department of Transportation design-to-paver demonstration workshop. Participants saw design of a 3-D road section and operation of various types of equipment using a 3-D model with automated machine guidance control. They also observed collection of construction quality and quantity information through intelligent compaction, unmanned aircraft systems, electronic signatures and other camera recording systems. Richard Hewitt, Florida Department of Transportation state construction pavement engineer, said the workshop provided "the knowledge base I needed to really start moving forward in construction with civil integrated management and automated machine guidance in Florida."
The Washington State Transportation Innovation Council was formalized with the July 1 signing of a charter. The group's mission is to facilitate rapid deployment of innovative technologies, strategies and techniques among transportation program delivery professionals in the state. Members include representatives of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Local Technical Assistance Program, Tribal Technical Assistance Program, Washington State Association of County Engineers, Association of Washington Cities and FHWA. The group is evaluating ideas to use FHWA STIC Incentive Program funding.