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Current Innovations

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Every year, the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) develops four to eight innovations and promotes new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiatives for use in Pennsylvania. Below are examples of innovations that have moved through the STIC.

Current STIC Innovation Examples

Cement Slurry for Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) — Allows for cement slurry to be applied in liquid form to the road base to provide stability. 

Design-Build Traffic Control Plan — Expand the use of the Design-Build Traffic Control contracting provision within Pennsylvania and establish procedures for use on minor, moderate, and complex projects.

Integrating the Highway Safety Manual in Practice — The Highway Safety Manual allows PennDOT to evaluate safety considerations at every phase of the project-delivery process to quantify and deliver the most cost-effective and efficient safety improvements.

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Highway Lighting and Policy — Evaluate the use of LED bulbs over traditional overhead mast bulbs. This effort gives highway lighting designers another option to choose when scoping their projects for efficiencies, motorist safety, and community needs.

Pervious Pavement — Technique that allows water to pass through the pavement to reduce surface runoff and to recharge groundwater sources.

Short- and Long-Term Bridge Instrumentation — Develop and execute a statewide bridge instrumentation program to monitor certain types of bridges to capture actual values for stress, accelerations, or other parameters.

Standardizing Stream Restoration Structures — Creating new PennDOT Road Construction (RC) Standards for three stream restoration structures.

Trainee Program for Construction — Restructure trainee hour requirements to allow multiple projects as compared to obtaining hours on a single project.

High Friction Surface Treatment — Increase roadway surface friction allowing motorists to stop sooner and maintain control.

PennDOT Environmental Reference Webpages — A central repository for PennDOT environmental policy and development promotes efficiency and better understanding of the environmental regulatory compliance and documentation involved in the transportation project development process.

Every Day Counts Round 5 Initiatives

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Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE) — Advances in hydraulic modeling tools are providing a more comprehensive understanding of complex flow patterns at river crossings versus traditional modeling techniques. These 2D hydraulic modeling and 3D computer visualization technologies also facilitate more effective communication and collaboration, improving agencies’ ability to design safer and more cost-effective and resilient structures on waterways.

Reducing Rural Roadway Departures — Reducing fatalities on rural roads remains a major challenge in the United States. Roadway departures on the rural road network account for one-third of traffic fatalities. Systemic application of proven roadway departure countermeasures, such as rumble strips, friction treatments, and clear zones, helps keep vehicles in their travel lanes, reduce the potential for crashes, and reduce the severity of those crashes that do occur.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)  Pedestrians accounted for 16 percent of all roadway fatalities, and crashes are predominantly at midblock and intersection crossing locations. As pedestrian safety continues to be a concern for transportation agencies across the country, cost-effective countermeasures are available to assist practitioners in providing safer crossings for all pedestrians.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — UAS can benefit nearly all aspects of highway transportation, from inspection to construction and operations, by collecting high-quality data automatically or remotely. These relatively low-cost devices allow agencies to expedite the data collection needed for better-informed decisions while reducing the adverse impacts of temporary work zones on work crews and the traveling public.

Other EDC Initiatives In Pennsylvania

Round 1

Round 2

How does PA compare?View the FHWA EDC Round 2 Final Report.

Round 3

How does PA compare?View the FHWA EDC Round 3 Final Report.