Reading, PA – The Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), a collaboration of state, federal, local and transportation officials, today held their Eastern Regional Innovation Day today at the Berks Campus of Penn State University. The purpose of the innovation day was to promote the use of innovative solutions in the areas of construction, design, environment, facilities, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance, materials, project delivery, safety, structures and technology to PennDOT employees from its Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Philadelphia regions.
The event highlighted the department’s use of innovations such as accelerated bridge construction techniques, salt alternatives and adaptive signals.
PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said, “Pennsylvania is a national leader in deploying innovations which are proven to streamline environmental review and reduce impacts, decrease construction time, reduce delays to the traveling public and make work zones smarter and safer. Our innovation days help to ensure that we maintain focus on delivering the best to Pennsylvanians.”
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO and STIC member Mark Compton gave the keynote address to the approximately 200 PennDOT employees and guests in attendance.
“There are few opportunities outside of the STIC where industry leaders can gather together to share perspectives and discuss new trends,” Compton said. “I credit the STIC for challenging organizational culture and norms to encourage innovation and open lines of communication.”
The Pennsylvania STIC is composed of a multi-stakeholder leadership team that works together to forge an environment of innovation, imagination and ingenuity to deliver a modern, high-quality transportation system to the citizens of Pennsylvania.
In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) introduced the STIC concept to state transportation departments and industry partners to foster ownership and pride in establishing a process in which ideas, innovative techniques and processes are evaluated and implemented quickly and efficiently.
For more information on the STIC visit www.penndot.gov under “PennDOT 20/20.”
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