The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to the state transportation agencies in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah.
Projects will soon be under way in each state to improve safety and operational efficiency of roads and bridges using cutting-edge pavement materials, engineering techniques, and connected-vehicle technology.
“These states are leading the way in implementing innovative solutions to improve safety and mobility on America’s roadways,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson, in a release. “Their creative approaches to delivering better quality and more cost-effective solutions in roadbuilding and operations are sure to inspire other states in using such methods.”
With this award, since the launch of the AID Demonstration program in 2014, FHWA officials have awarded more than $60 million to help federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies use innovative traffic, safety, and construction practices. The program works closely with FHWA’s On-Ramp to Innovation Every Day Counts (EDC) program to encourage the delivery of innovation in transportation projects. The techniques and methods used on all AID Demonstration projects follow all applicable federal regulations and policies to ensure that roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure are built safely for use by the traveling public.
A detailed list of AID grant recipients can be found on the FHWA website.