EDC-4 Ideas Due By Jan. 31

FHWA launched the EDC initiative in 2009 in cooperation with its partners to speed up the delivery of highway projects and create a broad culture of innovation within the highway community. It is a state-based model to identify and rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion, and improve environmental sustainability.

Comments and ideas are due by Jan. 31, so time is running out for the Federal Highway Administration's state, local, and industry partners and the public to submit EDC-4 suggestions about processes or technologies that could make the planning, design, construction, operations, and/or maintenance of the nation's highway system safer and more efficient. FHWA asked for information from all sources on innovations and processes that could "transform the way the highway transportation community does business by shortening project delivery time, enhancing roadway safety, reducing traffic congestion, and/or improving environmental sustainability."

FHWA launched the EDC initiative in 2009 in cooperation with its partners to speed up the delivery of highway projects and create a broad culture of innovation within the highway community. It is a state-based model to identify and rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion, and improve environmental sustainability; every two years, FHWA works with its stakeholders to identify a new set of technologies and practices that merit widespread deployment.

So the clock is ticking for these ideas, and FHWA tweeted another request for submissions on Jan. 27. Innovations being promoted in the third round of EDC (EDC-3) in 2015-2016 were 3D Engineered Models: Schedule, Cost and Post-Construction; Data-Driven Safety Analysis; e-Construction; Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System; Improving Collaboration and Quality Environmental Documentation; Improving DOT and Railroad Coordination; Locally Administered Federal-Aid Projects: Stakeholder Partnering; Regional Models of Cooperation; Road Diets (roadway reconfiguration); Smarter Work Zones; and Ultra-High Performance Concrete Connections for Prefabricated Bridge Elements. Information about them as well as those promoted through EDC-1 (2011-2012) and EDC-2 (2013-2014) is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/.

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