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Every Day Counts
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.

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

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

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.



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While the program is no longer active, many of its efforts and approaches have application today.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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Awards Innovation Incentives 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.

Intersection Guides to be Released at Webinars

Four new informational guides on intersection design, including diverging diamond, displaced left turn, median U-turn, and restricted crossing U-turn will be released during webinars, starting August 21, 2014. Click here for details.

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.

EDC news
  • August 15, 2014
    Innovation Implementation: State Transportation Innovation Council Projects
  • August 8, 2014
    Pennsylvania STIC Wins Innovation Award
  • August 1, 2014
    Work Starts on Washington Landslide Repairs
  • July 25, 2014
    Illinois Explores 3-D Modeling
  • July 18, 2014
    Innovation Implementation: Significant Impacts of Every Day Counts
  • July 11, 2014
    Innovation Implementation: Learn Online with Every Day Counts Webinars



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