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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Only a few days are left to participate in submitting topics for the next round of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative.

FHWA is inviting respondents to help identify proven, market-ready innovations that can be deployed in the fourth round of its Every Day Counts (EDC-4) program. The request for information (RFI) period closes Sunday (Jan. 31).

“As we continue our efforts to deploy innovations through EDC-3 and other initiatives, we want your input in preparing for the next round, EDC-4,” FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau said in a Jan. 14 email.

“We’re looking for more technologies, materials and processes that will ensure we can continue delivering transportation to the American people better, faster and smarter.”

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The FHWA is looking for input on existing technologies, materials and processes that can be deployed on a wider basis in 2017-2018 to improve the ways the highway transportation community does business.

FHWA will collaborate with stakeholders to implement the EDC-4 innovations in 2017 and 2018.

Request for Information

Every two years, FHWA works with state transportation departments, local governments, private industry, other stakeholders and the public to identify a new set of innovative technologies and practices that merit widespread deployment.

“Our hope is that by adding new innovations and processes to the EDC roster, we can continue transforming the way the highway transportation community does business by shortening project delivery time, enhancing roadway safety, reducing traffic congestion and improving environmental sustainability,” Nadeau said.

This is not a solicitation for proposals, applications, proposal abstracts or quotations. Rather, the FHWA is looking for proven yet underutilized processes that can improve on the planning, design, construction, operations and/or maintenance of U.S. highway system.

Past EDC initiatives have deployed the following technologies:

  • EDC-3 technologies are being implemented in the 2015-2016 time period and include, among others:
    • 3D engineered models: schedule, cost and post-construction;
    • e-Construction;
    • Geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system;
    • Road diets (roadway reconfiguration);
    • Smarter work zones; and
    • Ultra-high performance concrete connections for prefabricated bridge elements.
  • EDC-2 innovations, implemented in 2013-2014, included:
    • 3D models for construction;
    • Accelerated bridge construction;
    • Design-build project delivery method;
    • High friction surface treatments;
    • Intelligent compaction; and
    • Intersection and interchange geometrics, among others.
  • EDC-1 topics, implemented in 2011-2012, included:
    • Clarifying the scope of preliminary design;
    • Construction manager/general contractor project delivery process;
    • Prefabricated bridge elements and systems;
    • Safety Edge paving technique; and
    • Warm-mix asphalt, among others.

Criteria for responses for EDC-4 are available through the Every Day Counts Request for Information page on the Federal Register.

Request for Feedback

Through this RFI, the FHWA is also seeking feedback on user experiences with several high-value innovations that are tentatively identified for accelerated deployment.

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Individuals from state transportation departments, local governments, private industry and the general public can submit ideas until the RFI period closes Sunday (Jan. 31), although late-filed responses may still be considered.

Among the 15 featured topics are:

  • Construction partnering;
  • Advanced hydraulic 3D monitoring;
  • Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) applications for Condition assessment of bridges, pavements and tunnels; and
  • Surface treatments for extended life (pavements and bridges).

About Every Day Counts

According to the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation website, the Every Day Counts program was launched in 2009, in cooperation with the American Association of State and Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), to speed up the delivery of highway projects and to address the challenges presented by limited budgets.

Proven innovations and enhanced business processes promoted through EDC promote greater efficiency at the state and local levels, saving time and resources that can be used to deliver more projects for the same money.

The agency says that since the start of the program, every state transportation agency has used eight or more of the 32 innovations promoted through the initiative, and some have adopted over 20. Several of those innovations are now mainstream practices in many states, enhancing the highway system and benefiting travelers.

By advancing 21st century solutions, the highway community is making every day count to ensure roads and bridges are built better, faster and smarter, the agency says.

More Information

Responses may be submitted by email to everydaycounts@dot.gov or through www.fbo.gov. While submissions should be submitted by Jan. 31, 2016, the FHWA will consider late-filed responses to the extent practicable.

More information: Julie Zirlin, FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation, 202-366-9105, Julie.Zirlin@dot.gov, www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts, or federalregister.gov/a/2015-31112.

   

Tagged categories: AASHTO; Bridges; Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Infrastructure; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways; Technology; Ultra high performing concrete (UHPC)

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