January 12, 2017
Learn About Every Day Counts Round Four
As transportation agencies and their partners learn about the 11 innovations in Every Day Counts round four (EDC-4), they are evaluating which would best meet each State’s needs and requirements.
The following are among the EDC-4 innovations States are considering for deployment in 2017 and 2018:
Automated traffic signal performance measures modernize traffic signal management by providing high-resolution data to actively manage performance and improve safety and customer service while cutting congestion and costs.
The effort on collaborative hydraulics: advancing to the next generation of engineering (CHANGE) uses hydraulic tools to improve understanding of complex interactions between river or coastal environments and transportation assets, enabling better design and more efficient project delivery.
Community connections are performance management approaches for planning, designing, and building transportation projects that promote connectivity, revitalize communities, and improve public health and safety.
Data-driven safety analysis uses tools to analyze crash and roadway data to predict the safety impacts of highway projects, enabling agencies to target investments with more confidence and reduce severe crashes on roads.
e-Construction and partnering: a vision for the future involves using paperless technologies to enhance partnering among stakeholders on construction projects, improving communication and workflows while streamlining project delivery.
In the coming months, EDC News will take a closer look at each EDC-4 innovation and FHWA resources available to help with deployment.
View introductory webinars on the EDC-4 innovations.
Michigan Showcase Highlights Innovation
The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Innovation Showcase on December 13, 2016, highlighted 20 innovative practices being deployed across the State, including EDC innovations. It was the second year for the event, which was part of a project development conference. An FHWA display shared information on EDC-4 innovations, second Strategic Highway Research Program solutions, and the Michigan State Transportation Innovation Council.
Washington Report Looks at Corridor Capacity
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) 2016 Corridor Capacity Report informs readers about transportation congestion and capacity in the State. Transit providers, regional planning organizations, and other groups partnered with WSDOT on the multimodal report, an example of regional models of cooperation. According to the report, WSDOT incident response teams responded to 50,092 incidents in 2015, 16.3 percent more than in 2013. Proactive work by response teams meant fewer delays for freight haulers and commuters, providing an estimated economic benefit of $80.2 million in 2015, an 18.1 percent increase over 2013.