January 17, 2019
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The Federal Highway Administration offers technical assistance, training, and incentives to help the highway community adopt innovations—including those in Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5)—and make them standard practice.
Multidisciplinary teams of experts are available to provide technical assistance and training to help State and local agencies adopt the 10 innovations in EDC-5, now underway. They also organize peer exchanges to enable transportation practitioners to discuss innovation challenges and best practices with colleagues in other States.
The Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program offers incentives to accelerate the implementation of innovation in highway transportation projects. Funding of up to $1 million per project may be awarded for using innovation on any project phase between planning and delivery, including financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction.
- AID Demonstration applications are accepted through Grants.gov.
- Contact Fawn Thompson of the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI) for information.
- See the AID Demonstration projects map for information on past project awards.
The State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive (STIC) program provides funding of up to $100,000 per STIC per year to offset some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices in a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder.
- STIC Incentive applications are accepted through State EDC coordinators.
- Contact Sara Lowry of the FHWA CAI for information.
- Visit the STIC Incentive projects web page to read descriptions of awarded projects.
Idaho Expands Use of Ultra-High Performance Concrete on Bridges
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has become a frequent user of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) connections for prefabricated bridge elements. ITD constructed its first bridge using UHPC connections in 2016 and completed five more in 2017. The agency had more than 12 bridges that use UHPC connections in design or construction in 2018. ITD chose UHPC to connect precast deck bulb-tee girders on four bridges. On the other bridges, the agency used UHPC to make connections between precast voided slab beam elements. For UHPC information, contact Ben Graybeal of the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center or Mark Leonard of the FHWA Resource Center.
Oregon Advances Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) implemented automated traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMs) on 29 signalized intersections, using Utah Department of Transportation open-source software as the primary means of generating performance measures. ODOT is developing a traffic signal management plan to provide a framework for using ATSPMs to advance agency goals and objectives. The plan will support the development of new design standards for ATSPMs. The agency's long-term goal for the use of performance measures is to ensure that all new traffic signal projects install advanced traffic controllers with ATSPMs as a standard practice. For ASTPM information, contact Eddie Curtis of the FHWA Resource Center.
Every Day Counts, a State-based program of the Federal Highway Administration’s Center for Accelerating Innovation, works with State, local, and private sector partners to encourage the adoption of proven technologies and innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery.