FHWA awards grant funding to 10 states for innovative highway projects

The grants will help deliver projects sooner and accelerate the use of innovative tools and technologies

January 23, 2020
innovative highway projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week announced more than $8 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program grants to state DOTs and local governments in 10 states.

The 10 awarded states include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and North Dakota. The grants will help deliver bridge projects sooner, improve traffic management, and accelerate the use of innovative tools and technologies.

“These funds will help support our state and local partners across the country in their efforts to deliver more resilient roads, bridges, and highways for the traveling public,” FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason said in a statement. “The grants being awarded today will help advance innovative transportation solutions to improve safety and mobility on America’s roadways.”

Since the launch of the AID Demonstration in February 2014, and including the grants announced this week, FHWA officials have awarded more than $74 million for 102 grants to help federal land management agencies, tribal governments, state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and local governments accelerate the use of innovative practices and improve safety.

Some of the recipients of this week's grants include the Alabama DOT and Baldwin County Highway Department receiving $1 million to employ two innovations—Accelerated Bridge Construction and Next Beam Ultra High-Performance Concrete Retrofit—to shorten construction time from 14 weeks to six weeks for bridge retrofit projects. Another recipient is the Illinois DOT and city of Jerseyville will receive $1 million to employ an innovative material known as compacted concrete pavement to improve roadway surface conditions on Hollow Avenue in Jerseyville. And the Minnesota DOT and the city of Winona will receive $1 million for an innovative road project to improve safety, mobility, and access for drivers and bicyclists along Broadway Avenue in the City of Winona.

The full list of grant recipients can be found on FHWA's website.

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SOURCE: Federal Highway Administration

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