The Federal Highway Administration is seeking information from State, local, and industry partners and the public on proven processes or technologies that have the potential to provide efficiencies. Specifically, the FHWA is interested in innovations and in processes, which have the potential to transform the way the highway transportation community does business by enhancing roadway safety, shortening project delivery time, reducing traffic congestion, and/or improving environmental sustainability. The information may assist FHWA identify proven, market-ready innovations for potential deployment through the fifth round of EDC (EDC-5) in 2019-2020.
EDC is a State-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve environmental sustainability. Proven innovations promoted through EDC facilitate greater efficiency at the State and local levels, saving time, money and resources that can be used to deliver more projects.
FHWA works with State transportation departments, local governments, tribes, private industry and other stakeholders to identify a new collection of innovations to champion every two years that merit accelerated deployment.
After selecting EDC innovations, transportation leaders from across the country gather at regional summits to discuss and identify opportunities for implementing the innovations that best fit the needs of their respective State highway program. Following the summits, States finalize their selection of innovations, establish performance goals for the level of implementation and adoption over the upcoming two-year cycle, and begin to implement the innovations with the support and assistance of the technical teams established for each innovation.
The EDC program has made a significant positive impact in accelerating the deployment of innovations and in building a culture of innovation within the highway community. Since the inception of EDC, each state has used 14 or more of the 43 innovations promoted through Every Day Counts, and some states have adopted more than 30. Many of these innovations have become mainstream practices across the country. By advancing 21st century solutions, the highway community is making every day count to ensure our roads and bridges are built better, faster, and smarter.
EDC 1-4 Innovations
Information about the innovations promoted through EDC is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/.
Invitation for Comment
There is no limit to the number of innovations that may be suggested by an individual or entity. The FHWA is seeking suggestions of broad categories of innovations and respondents should not submit suggestions for unique, proprietary, or patented products.
In addition, FHWA seeks feedback on user experiences with specific, high-value innovations under the “Innovations of Interest” and tentatively identified for accelerated deployment.
Requested Information. Responses for each suggested innovation or process should provide the following information:
- Innovation category or name.
- Organization Name, Point(s) of contact, e-mail address, and telephone number. Contact information is optional. However, it would be useful if FHWA would like to obtain additional information.
- Brief description of the proven innovation or process.
- Brief description of how the innovation addresses the following areas:
- National Impact: How will it benefit the transportation system nationally;
- Game Changing: How is it transformative in saving time, money, or improving quality; and
- Urgency and Scale: How will it shorten project delivery and positively impact the environment, safety, congestion, freight movement, construction techniques, contracting methods, project costs, maintenance, preservation, or emergency response?
- Provide example(s), including location and date, when the innovation was successfully applied in a transportation application and a description of the quantifiable performance benefits of the innovation in those applications.
- List of any supporting specifications, guidelines, and/or procedures available to support technology transfer and national deployment. Do not include the documents.
- List of agencies or entities that are “champions” for or regularly use the innovation.