January 31, 2019
STIC Incentive Funds Help Make Innovations Everyday Practice
When transportation agencies need a boost to make innovations standard practice, they can turn to the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive program.
The program offers funding of up to $100,000 a year per STIC to cover some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices by a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder. STIC Incentive funds may be used to develop technical guidance and standards, implement process changes, organize peer exchanges, or offset the cost of innovation deployment or other activities that support a STIC's strategic needs.
STIC Incentive funds helped the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) implement a traffic operations open data service. The Iowa DOT uses the data feeds in project prioritization, lane-closure planning, and Traffic Management Center (TMC) applications. A work zone alert feed, for example, identifies work zones where traffic has slowed or stopped for the TMC operations dashboard and triggers text alerts to Iowa DOT staff. The Iowa DOT expects the data service to provide savings to State and local agency staff who obtained information from multiple sources in the past. For information, read "Iowa DOT Traffic Operations Open Data Service" or contact Skylar Knickerbocker of the Iowa State University Center for Transportation Research and Education.
The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) used STIC Incentive funds to develop and implement a process to share three-dimensional engineered (3D) model data with contractors to simplify use of automated machine guidance (AMG) on projects. The process provides contractors with 3D data generated through the design process for use in construction model creation and choice on the selection of AMG equipment. MaineDOT then compares the contractor's construction model with the design data and inspects the project to verify conformity to the design. For information, contact Brian Kittridge of MaineDOT.
Learn more about the many ways STICs use incentive funds to standardize innovation on the STIC Incentive Projects web page.
Contact Sara Lowry of the Center for Accelerating Innovation for information on the program.
Contact your State Every Day Counts coordinator for assistance with STIC Incentive applications.
Illinois Dedicates Funds to Pavement Preservation Projects
The Illinois Department of Transportation implemented a requirement that 5 percent of its fiscal year 2019 budget be dedicated to pavement preservation projects. IDOT is integrating pavement preservation into its asset management efforts and revising guidance on selecting preventive maintenance treatments for inclusion in its design manual. For information, contact Jason Dietz of the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center, Thomas Van of the FHWA Office of Infrastructure, or Antonio Nieves of the FHWA Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction.
Indiana Advances Community Connections for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is implementing community connections through active transportation programs. INDOT hosted a workshop on incorporating on-road bicycle networks into resurfacing projects, enabling participants to learn efficient, cost-effective ways to install bicycle facilities. INDOT partnered with Bicycle Indiana, Health By Design, and the Indiana State Department of Health on a summit that enabled localities to showcase their efforts to improve access, safety, and connectivity for people who walk, bike, and use transit. For more information, see the "Community Connections Innovations Handbook" or contact Corbin Davis or Kenneth Petty of the FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty or Robert Mooney of the FHWA Office of Infrastructure.
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.