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State Transportation Innovation Council

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) facilitates the rapid implementation of proven, well-researched and documented state, regional, national and international technologies, tactics, techniques and any other innovations that are new to Pennsylvania. The STIC also supports the implementation of the Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts (EDC) Initiatives.

The STIC is comprised of various stakeholders, state and federal agencies, local governments, research organizations and industry partners working together to pursue specific innovations. The STIC meets three times a year and all business meetings are open to the public.

Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) assist the STIC in selecting innovations that should be developed for implementation and promoted. The TAGs evaluate the potential benefits and uses of an innovation, and guide it through the Innovation Development Process.

Selected innovations are developed for deployment and promoted to become standard practice within the transportation community. Beyond deploying at the statewide or regional level in Pennsylvania, the STIC assists local governments to deliver a modern and high-quality transportation system to the citizens of the commonwealth at all levels government.

Featured Innovations

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Hot Pour Mastics being applied to road

Hot Pour Mastics provides a stable, flexible repair that bonds firmly with existing pavements. HPM can be used year-round as a one-time application for large cracks and small potholes on concrete and asphalt pavements when surface temperatures are 40 degrees Fahrenheit and rising.

water flowing through pavement

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

flashing arrows curve warning signs

A Sequential Dynamic Lighting Curve Warning System alerts motorists to slow down when approaching a sharp curve and helps them safely navigate through it. Use of these systems can prevent or reduce the severity of run-off-the-road crashes.

STIC Innovation Development Process

The STIC accepts innovation submissions from many sources — STIC members, transportation stakeholders and partners and PennDOT employees. The goal is to advance four to eight innovations through the STIC's Innovation Development Process each year. The STIC develops, maintains and tracks a list of innovations.

STIC News

Working Together: PennDOT and Youngwood Borough Address Safety on U.S. Route 119
06/24/2020
The borough of Youngwood, Westmoreland County, is neighbor to a confluence of high-speed roadways – Interstate 70; the main Pennsylvania Turnpike; the Amos Hutchinson extension of the Turnpike, Pennsylvania Route 66, which is part of the Greensburg bypass; and the U.S. Route 30, the Ed Hutchinson Bypass. Even the main route through town, U.S. Route 119, is four lanes, and the downside is the high-speed traffic continues unabated within the town.

Safety Edge (SM) Paving Provides Added Margin of Safety
06/17/2020
When people think of what they rely on PennDOT for, perhaps paving is one of the most important missions the state transportation agency delivers.

PennDOT Embracing 3-D Design and Construction Process
06/11/2020
​PennDOT is moving to embrace the world of three-dimensional (3-D) to streamline and enhance the project design and construction process in ways that are very fitting for a 21st Century organization.

PennDOT Taking Hydraulic Modeling to Next Dimension
05/27/2020
With thousands of waterways draining into five different major river basins, Pennsylvania's topography poses a challenge for PennDOT, especially as it applies to the construction of bridges.

From Drab to Fab – Accelerated Bridge Replacement on Route 30 near Pittsbugh Makes Big Difference for Maintaining Traffic at a Tight Spot
05/20/20
For many years, PennDOT District 11 in the Pittsburgh region had been performing many inspections and repairs to a small structurally deficient bridge along Route 30 over Bessemer Avenue in East Pittsburgh Borough.

PennDOT’s Southwestern PA District Takes Lead on EPG Innovation
05/13/2020
​PennDOT's District 12 in southwestern Pennsylvania looks for ways to deploy Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam, a rapid embankment construction technique used in Accelerated Bridge Construction.

PennDOT Advances e-Construction Plans
05/06/2020
​PennDOT is taking a leading role nationally in advancing e-Construction and Partnering (eCP) , one of the Every Day Counts (EDC) program innovations set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). To support this EDC Round 4 innovation, FHWA and PennDOT co-hosted a workshop in Pittsburgh in spring 2019 that drew more than 200 individuals from 28 states.

High Friction Surface Treatment Helps PennDOT Improve Highway Safety
04/29/2020
​In PennDOT's ongoing mission to reach the national highway safety goal of zero fatalities, the agency's use of the innovative High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) is having a significant impact.

From Musings to Spreading Concept: The Diverging Diamond Interchange Moves Across PA
04/22/2020
What started out as some musings by a University of Maryland engineering graduate student in 2000 has swept the country and is now spreading across Pennsylvania. The transportation innovation is the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) and is among the Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts innovations championed by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC).

Developing a Better Way to Control Traffic During Projects
04/15/2020
Successful highway and bridge projects depend on a high level of collaboration between PennDOT and its partners. Championed by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council , the innovative Design-Build Traffic Control Plan (DBTCP) aims to improve project delivery by exploring ways to provide greater contractor flexibility in constructing a project.

Adding to the Bridge Tool Box: PennDOT Spreads the Word on the Low-Cost, Effective Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System
04/08/2020
Faced with upkeep of thousands of bridges on their local roads, municipal officials can turn to PennDOT for a cost-effective solution: the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS). The system is also a viable alternative for low-volume, PennDOT-owned structures.

Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council Working to Enhance Concrete Finishing
04/01/2020
Nothing beats a new, smooth finish on a just-completed sidewalk, and the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) is working on an innovation that will enhance the quality of concrete finishing across Pennsylvania.

Embracing Innovations: Making a Dent in Resistance to Roundabouts; PennDOT’s Journey to Safer Routes
03/25/2020
Moving innovation to reality poses a challenge, perhaps no more so than in preparing and convincing drivers that roundabouts are a welcome traffic improvement.

PennDOT Data Shows Pennsylvania Roundabouts Reducing Fatalities, Injuries, and Crashes
09/16/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that according to department data, fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 19 roundabouts at 16 locations after they were built.

Vendors Demonstrate the Benefits of Hot Pour Mastics at PennDOT-Sponsored Event
8/22/2019
The State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) – a partnership among PennDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other public- and private-sector partners – is continuously looking for ways to market upcoming innovations to transportation stakeholders. One of the innovations, hot pour mastics, was showcased in a first-of-its-kind demonstration on July 17 in a parking lot near the PennDOT Materials Testing Laboratory.

A Turn for the Better
4/29/2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been rolling out a new roadway treatment for some of its more accident-prone areas, including several in Monroe County. Those high-friction surface treatments, some installed as early as 2015, are already showing signs of injury-reduction.

Pennsylvania Highlights Innovations Designed to Save Lives, Time, and Money
4/22/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced that the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) detailed innovation deployment successes that benefit the travelling public in its 2018 STIC Year-End Report.

New Online Resource Outlines Transportation Innovations, Resources for Municipalities and Stakeholders
7/20/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced the launch of a new online resource for the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) – www.penndot.gov/innovations – that outlines how all levels of government can work with PennDOT to implement innovations in their municipalities, innovations currently used in the state, and how the STIC innovation development process works.

Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council Nationally Recognized for Excellence
11/13/17
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards recently announced that the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (PA STIC), received a 2017 STIC Excellence Award for its ongoing efforts to train local governments on innovative and efficient ways to improve their local road networks.

PennDOT Launches Video to Assist Pennsylvanians in Navigating Roundabouts
1/11/2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today launched a video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts. The video instructs viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

Pennsylvania Selected to Host State Transportation Innovation Council Roundtable Discussion
8/4/2016
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today joined US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Gregory Nadeau and FHWA Division Administrator Renee Sigel to showcase the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC). Pennsylvania was chosen to host because of the success of the Pennsylvania STIC.

PennDOT, Partners Host Demonstration of Safety Enhancing Pavement Innovation
5/7/2015
Representatives of PennDOT and North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, joined the Federal Highway Administration and the State Transportation Innovation Council today to host a regional demonstration day bringing together key stakeholders to exhibit the application of an innovative, safety enhancing pavement surface treatment.

Innovation In Motion

The STIC e-newsletter, Innovation in Motion, provides updates on new innovations, progress reports, links to specifications, and announcements about upcoming events. To view a previous edition of the e-newsletter, use the links below. You can also sign up to receive the Innovation in Motion e-newsletter.