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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

workers pouring ultra high performance concrete
Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) is a steel fiber-reinforced, cement-based composite material used to create stronger and longer-lasting connections between prefabricated bridge elements.

concrete slurry
Supplying Cement Slurry for Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) in Ready Mixed Concrete Trucks allows for cement slurry to be applied in liquid form to the road base to provide stability.
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A central repository for PennDOT environmental policy and development promotes efficiency and better understanding of the environmental regulatory compliance process.


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 current innovations.


Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council Working to Enhance Concrete Finishing

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

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
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
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
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
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
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced the launch of a new online resource for the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) – – 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
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
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
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
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.