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Priority, Market-Ready Technologies and Innovations List

Priority, Market-Ready Technologies and Innovations List


The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Research & Technology Leadership Team endorses priority, market-ready technologies and innovations (T&Is). This list continues to fulfill our Agency commitment established in the FHWA Corporate Master Plan for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation to identify market-ready T&Is.


Construction and Project Management

Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer (ACTT)* - This undertaking promotes creative techniques to reduce construction time and enhance quality and safety. Contact: Christopher.Schneider@dot.gov, 202-493-0551

Construction Analysis for Pavement Rehabilitation Strategies (CA4PRS) - This software identifies optimal rehabilitation strategies to balance the construction schedule with inconvenience to driver and transportation agency costs. Contact: ken.jacoby@dot.gov, (202) 366-6503; james.sorenson@dot.gov, (202) 366-1333



Asset Management Guide - This guide illustrates asset management principles and identifies techniques and methods for adopting the decisionmaking framework in transportation agencies. Contact: stephen.gaj@dot.gov, (202) 366-1336; thay.bishop@dot.gov, (404) 562-3695


Geotechnical and Hydraulics

Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) Piles - This technology is characterized by the drilling of a hollow-stem auger into the ground, pumping grout or concrete into the hole, and installing reinforcement in the pile. This eliminates the need for a temporary casing. Contact: silas.nichols@dot.gov, (202) 366-1554

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam - This lightweight material can be used as fill behind walls and other support structures. Contact: silas.nichols@dot.gov, (202) 366-1554



511 Traveler Information - This easy-to-remember, three-digit telephone number is available to State and local transportation agencies nationwide so that agencies can provide information readily about highway and transit conditions to travelers by telephone. Contact: robert.rupert@dot.gov, (202) 366-2194; mac.lister@dot.gov, (708) 283-3532

ACS-Lite - This cost effective technology improves efficiency and prolongs the effectiveness of traffic signal timing by updating critical timing parameters in response to current traffic conditions. Contact: eddie.curtis@dot.gov, (404) 562-3920

DYNASMART-P - This traffic analysis tool can integrate travel demand models into the planning process. The tool can evaluate intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies and provide traffic operations data for air quality analysis. Contact: randall.vangorder@dot.gov, (202) 493-3273; edward.fok@dot.gov, 708-283-3541

ITS Deployment Analysis System (IDAS) - This tool can predict the costs and benefits of ITS investments and provide data and information that enable agencies to analyze ITS operational improvements. Contact: john.halkias@dot.gov, (202) 366-2183; edward.fok@dot.gov, (415) 744-0113; jienki.synn@dot.gov, (202) 366-5001;


Pavements and Materials

Air Void Analyzer (AVA)* - This technology can be used to provide real-time evaluation for measuring air content, specific surface, and the spacing factor of fresh portland cement concrete. Contact: gary.crawford@dot.gov, (202) 366-1286; angel.correa@dot.gov, (404) 562-3907

Pavement Smoothness Methodologies - The new pavement smoothness specification covers smoothness test methods, smoothness equipment specifications, and equipment certification programs. Contact: mark.swanland@dot.gov, (202) 366-1323; robert.orthmeyer@dot.gov, (708) 283-3533



Highway Economic Requirements System, State Version (HERS-ST) - This software model evaluates the implications of alternative programs and policies on the condition, performance, and user cost level associated with highway systems. Contact: christopher.chang@dot.gov, (202) 366-4657

Improved Decisionmaking Using Geographic Information Systems - A software program that enables manipulation, analysis, and display of geographically referenced data. Contact: mark.sarmiento@dot.gov, (202) 366-4828; ben.williams@dot.gov, (404) 562-3671

Transportation, Economics, and Land Use System (TELUS) - This information-management and decision-support system helps State departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations prepare their annual transportation improvement programs and statewide transportation improvement programs. Contact: lorrie.lau@dot.gov, (415) 744-2628; lisa.randall@dot.gov, (720) 963-3209



Bridge and Tunnel Security - This assessment tool provides resources to help owners make their critical bridges and tunnels more secure. Contact: steve.ernst@dot.gov , (202) 366-4619; shay.burrows@dot.gov , (410) 962-6791

Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP)* - This material can be used to repair cracks in overhead sign supports by wrapping the support with fiber-reinforced material. Contact: lou.triandafilou@dot.gov, (410) 962-3648

Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and Rating of Structures - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and Rating bridge specification provides for more uniform levels of safety, which should lead to superior serviceability and long-term maintainability. Contact: firas.ibrahim@dot.gov, (202) 366-4598; thomas.saad@dot.gov, (708) 283-3521

Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PFBES)* - These systems minimize traffic impacts of bridge construction, improve work zone safety, and make construction less disruptive by minimizing the necessary lane closures, detours, and narrow lane uses. Contact: vasant.mistry@dot.gov, (202) 366-4599


Safety and Design

PEDSAFE - This online, interactive system enables users to "diagnose" a pedestrian-related issue based on site characteristics and to formulate potential solutions that improve conditions for pedestrians within the public right-of-way. Contact: rudolph.umbs@dot.gov, (708) 283- 3548; tamara.redmon@dot.gov, (202) 366-4077; peter.eun@dot.gov, (360) 753-9551

Road Safety Audits (RSA)* - RSAs improve transportation safety by using an independent audit team to conduct a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection. Contact: craig.allred@dot.gov, (720) 963-3236; Becky Crowe, rebecca.crowe@dot.gov, (804) 775-3381

USLIMITS - This Web-based expert advisor system is designed to assist practitioners in determining appropriate speed limits in speed zones. Contact: craig.allred@dot.gov, (720) 963-3236


* Denotes an AASHTO Technology Implementation Group approved technology.


Removed From 2008 List:

  • Cable Median Barriers
  • Roundabouts
  • Rumble Strips


Additional Resources

FHWA Resource Center

AASHTO Technology Innovation Group


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