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STIC 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 are currently in development or have been deployed in Pennsylvania.

Innovations in Development

Innovations in development are currently moving through the STIC Innovation Development Process . During the process, the TAG Leader assigns an Innovation Owner and a Development Team.  The Development Team is responsible for evaluating the potential benefits and challenges of the innovation, available resources for deployment, expected results, and other criteria for acceptance.

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Construction

​Certified Concrete Finishers Course - The goal of the training, which includes classroom and practical, hands-on training, is to help eliminate mistakes in concrete finishing that can result in costly repairs or reconstruction.

Design

Bridge Link Slabs - Link slabs are continuous concrete decks over simply supported steel or concrete girders at the piers. 

Environmentally Sensitive Area Signage - Specially-designed, unique signage can be used to mark areas that are environmentally sensitive or have been planted as mitigation. 

Maintenance

Hot Pour Mastics - Hot Pour Mastics can be used at any time of the year as a one-time application for large cracks and small potholes in concrete and asphalt. 

Stormwater Management Training and Field Guidebook - The Stormwater Management Training and Field Guidebook will help maintenance crews at PennDOT, other state agencies, and local governments care for Stormwater Control Measures (SCM). 

Brushing Loader Attachment - Brushing loader attachments can be connected to loaders 25,000 pounds and larger to trim trees and brush along the roadway. 

Safety and Traffic Operations

Sequential Dynamic Lighting Curve Warning Systems - Sequential Dynamic Curve Warning Systems is a safety countermeasure, designed to alert motorists to slow down when approaching and driving through sharp curves. 

Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPMs) - ATSPMs are an innovative way to use "big data" to analyze and optimize the performance of traffic signals.

Predicitive Analysis for Work Zones - Freeval is a freeway analysis tool based on the Highway Capacity Manual that can be used to analyze roadways to determine likely results of events like work zones.


Deployed Innovations

After the innovation is moved to the Advancement Phase of the Innovation Development Process, a project lead is assigned to guide the innovation through deployment.

FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC)

EDC is a state-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations in a two-year cycle to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and integrate automation. 

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​EDC Round 5 Innovations (2019-2020)

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.

How does PA compare? View the FHWA EDC Round 5 Progress Report