April 30, 2015
Read Every Day Counts Success Stories
Two new electronic publications report on the progress of Every Day Counts, the Federal Highway Administration’s initiative to advance an innovative culture in the transportation community.
Every Day Counts: Creating Efficiency Through Technology and Collaboration covers the 11 proven innovations FHWA is promoting in the third round of EDC. This baseline report summarizes the deployment status of the EDC-3 innovations at the beginning of 2015 and the goals set to broaden their adoption by the end of 2016.
Every Day Counts: Building a Culture of Innovation for the 21st Century documents the results of EDC’s second round, which involved implementation of 13 technologies and practices in 2013 and 2014. This EDC-2 final report details how the innovations are improving the transportation system in states across the country.
Lateral Slide Speeds Opening of Arizona Bridge
The Gila River Indian Community opened the new Sacaton Bridge over the Gila River in Arizona with an April 16 ribbon cutting. The bridge replacement project, delivered with the construction manager/general contractor method, used an accelerated bridge construction technique called the lateral bridge slide to save months of detours and travel delays. The Gila River Indian Community received a grant for use of the ABC on the project under the second Strategic Highway Research Program.
California Reviews GRS-IBS Technology
FHWA engineers met with staff of the California Department of Transportation, U.S. Forest Service and county governments to discuss geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system technology. The purpose of the meeting was to review technical aspects of GRS-IBS construction and the seismic design guidelines the state agency requires for Federal Land Access Program projects built in California. Caltrans plans to implement the technology by building a small GRS-IBS structure and using it to develop state guidelines on GRS-IBS.
Indiana Builds First GRS-IBS Bridges
FHWA staff provided technical assistance at an April 20 prebid meeting on Indiana’s first geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system project. The Hamilton County Highway Department has scheduled two GRS-IBS bridges for construction in 2015 and plans four for 2016. FHWA will offer technical assistance during construction of the first GRS abutment and partner with the county on a project showcase for transportation stakeholders. The county’s interest in GRS-IBS stems from its participation in a peer exchange with Defiance County, Ohio.
New Hampshire Project Features Road Diet
The city of Concord, New Hampshire, broke ground on its Main Street project, which incorporates a roadway configuration known as a road diet. The $11.6 million project includes $4.7 million in U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER funds. The project, New Hampshire’s first to use the construction manager/general contractor delivery method, is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion, enhance multimodal access and promote economic vitality in the area. It’s scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.