September 15, 2017
Innovation of the Month:
Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)
Pavement preservation practices offer a cost-effective approach to extending the service life of pavements and achieving smoother, safer roads with fewer costly repairs.
In Every Day Counts round four (EDC-4), the “when and where” component of pavement preservation supports preservation of highway investments by managing pavements proactively:
- Whole-life planning for pavements defines long-term expectations and risks and helps stabilize the cost of operating and maintaining highway pavements.
- Identifying network-level preservation strategies is a cost-effective way to extend pavement performance and reduce the need for frequent or unplanned reconstruction.
- A well-defined pavement strategy that includes preservation helps transportation agencies set achievable performance targets.
Watch the EDC-4 summit session on pavement preservation: when and where for an overview of how States are using the innovation.
Visit the Federal Highway Administration's Asset Management Web page for resources, including guidance, reports, and webinars.Contact Thomas Van or Steve Gaj of the FHWA Office of Infrastructure for information and technical assistance.
Arizona Deploys Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures
Maricopa County, AZ, is taking the lead in the AZTech Regional Partnership to implement automated traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMs) via a central server for 24 cities and towns in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The ATSPM server is part of AZTech's Regional Archived Data System, a repository of intelligent transportation system data. This deployment approach leverages existing communication infrastructure, minimizing implementation costs and maximizing the availability of the technology for agencies in the region. For information, contact April Wire of the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.
Local Agencies STEP Up
Four local governments shared how they have improved pedestrian safety during an August 10 webinar sponsored by FHWA's Center for Local Aid Support and EDC's safe transportation for every pedestrian (STEP) team. Hear how the city of Lakeland, FL, is incrementally advancing pedestrian countermeasures, the city of Tucson, AZ, is using pedestrian hybrid beacons, a Pedestrian and Bicycle Comprehensive Plan is guiding the town of Northampton, MA, and Arlington County, VA, is making pedestrian access to public transportation a priority. To learn more about the cost-effective pedestrian safety countermeasures promoted by STEP, contact Becky Crowe of FHWA's Office of Safety at Rebecca.Crowe@dot.gov.
New Web Page Puts Information on State Innovation Achievements at Your Fingertips
State Innovation Accomplishments map to explore how States are using proven innovations to enhance projects and improve the management of their transportation programs. Click on a State for details on Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration and State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive projects, innovation deployment examples from articles and reports, and STIC network contacts.