FHWA announces highway innovation grants to seven states and Pawnee Nation

Oct. 26, 2020

The $6.5 million in grants come from the Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced the latest recipients of federal funds to help enhance safety and rebuild infrastructure with cutting-edge innovations that can potentially be replicated nationwide.

In this round of awards, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and the Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma will receive a combined $6.5 million.

Since 2014, the “Accelerated Innovation Deployment” (AID) Demonstration Program has provided 110 grants, valued at more than $80 million, to help federal land management agencies, local and tribal governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and state DOTs accelerate the use of innovations in transportation.

“These grants help state, local, and tribal governments deliver projects sooner and more cost-effectively for the traveling public,” FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason said in a statement.

Previous recipients used their AID grants to fund more energy-efficient overhead highway lighting, installation of bridge-monitoring sensors, work-zone safety technology, and “intelligent compaction” technologies which can extend the useful life of pavement.

The AID Demonstration Program builds on the FHWA’s efforts to collaborate with states and localities, federal land management agencies, and tribal governments to accelerate the adoption of innovations and reduce project delivery times.

The full list of recipients can be found on the FHWA website.


SOURCE: Federal Highway Administration