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Pennsylvania Highlights Innovations Designed to Save Lives, Time, and Money

04/22/2019

Harrisburg, PA – 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.

"Exciting new enhancements to the Pennsylvania STIC were unveiled last year," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "Major steps were taken to rethink, reshape, retool, and reposition the program for major success in the future — steps that have and will continue to result in important safety and mobility enhancements throughout the commonwealth."

Available in a new and interactive format on PennDOT's website, the report outlines how the STIC continues its collaborative approach to innovating transportation in Pennsylvania, while emphasizing the importance of transportation stakeholders working together to implement innovations across the state.

Since its inception in 2012, the STIC remains committed to supporting and promoting the deployment of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) innovations as well as other innovations that exist at the state, national and international levels that may be well-suited for implementation in Pennsylvania.

Examples of deployed STIC innovations in Pennsylvania include:

 

  • Pervious Pavement – Dauphin County
    The Capital Area Greenbelt – Fort Hunter Connector project in Harrisburg, Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County is using pervious pavement for a new, shared-use path adjacent to Route 39, between Front and Sixth streets. It will provide safe, off-street, non-motorized access to the city.
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) – Washington County
    The two-span, 206 ft.-long Route 136 bridge over Little Chartiers Creek and the CSX Transportation railroad in Eighty Four, North and South Strabane townships, Washington County, was replaced in 24 days using ABC and innovative bidding methods.
  • LED Lights Ferguson Township – Centre County
    LED lights are proving beneficial for local municipalities, including Ferguson Township, Centre County, where LEDs were installed at four of the township's 20 signalized intersections. According to Public Works Director David Modricker and Township Engineer Ron Seybert, the township's main reasons for installing LED lights included less maintenance and cleaning, more evenly distributed light, and less energy consumption.
  • Routes 718/760 Roundabout – Mercer County
    The Routes 718/760 roundabout in the City of Sharon, Mercer County, was completed in August 2018. The roundabout, the first in Mercer County, was the final piece of PennDOT's six-year, $28.1 million Routes 718/760 Corridor project. It was conducted in three phases from 2012 to 2018, and focused on improving safety, efficiency, and the streetscape in the communities of Wheatland, Farrell, and Sharon.

  • High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST)
    As of November 2018, PennDOT had successfully installed HFST on over 300 different two-lane sections of Pennsylvania roadways. These locations were selected based on wet-road crash data, excessive braking at intersections, presence of unmovable objects affecting the width of the clear zone and other lane departure crashes. Follow-up crash data analysis at 47 locations, where crash data was available for at least three to five years after HFST installation, showed a significant crash reduction in wet road, run-off-road, hit fixed object, and all crashes. Fatalities at these locations went from eight to zero and injury crashes went from 190 to 71, a 63 percent decrease.

The Pennsylvania STIC brings together a diverse team of transportation stakeholders to forge an environment of innovation, imagination and ingenuity to pursue specific innovations and their rapid implementation to deliver a modern and high-quality transportation system to the citizens of Pennsylvania. To date, more than 80 innovations that improve roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, accelerate construction, improve project delivery and enhance sustainability have been brought to the STIC for consideration.

To learn more about the STIC, visit www.penndot.gov/stic.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jan Huzvar or Erin Waters-Trasatt, 717-783-8800

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