Throughout its history, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has championed innovations – new and better ways of getting highways planned, designed, built and maintained. That emphasis on finding a better way is still a basic element at the agency's core.
Coming up with an innovation is only half the job: Just as important – and often, more challenging – is getting the innovation into everyday use, and doing so quickly. In April 2012, the FHWA established a new entity within its organizational structure, the Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI). The CAI administers cross-cutting programs for advancing and deploying innovations which require collaboration with FHWA units, State DOTs, local public agencies, and other partners within the highway transportation community.
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Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP)
The TIDP includes three initiatives: accelerated innovation deployment (AID), future strategic highway research program (SHRP 2), and accelerated implementation and deployment of pavement technologies. The TIDP relates to all aspects of highway transportation including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction.
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