U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds are intended to help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Additional grants will be announced in coming weeks.
“These innovative investments will give drivers time back with their families instead of sitting in snarled traffic caused by longer than necessary road and bridge repairs and replacement,” said Secretary Foxx. “Creativity is key to innovation, and we have the know-how, which underscores the need for the cost-effective infrastructure investments the GROW AMERICA Act will make possible.”
The funding announced today comes from the FHWA “Accelerated Innovation Deployment” (AID) Demonstration program, which will ultimately invest $30 million in incentive funding for federal, state, local and tribal government agencies to hasten their use of these innovative methods.
The AID program builds on the success of the agency’s ongoing “Every Day Counts” (EDC) initiative, a partnership between the FHWA and state and local transportation agencies to accelerate the deployment of innovative methods and cutting project delivery times.
The following projects are being funded:
- Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) – $1,000,000 ¬– ALDOT will use AID funding for “Slide-in-Bridge” construction on the Ross Clark Circle Bridge over Beaver Creek replacement project near Dothan, Ala.
- Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) – $1,000,000 – Iowa DOT will invest AID funds in prefabricated bridge elements (PBEs) and high performance materials for its bridge replacement project on SH 92 over Little Silver Creek in Pottawattamie County.
- Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) – $1,000,000 – VTrans’ AID grant will help “Tri-State” (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) implement an Advanced Transportation Management System and Traveler Information System providing state of the art traveler information services to the public.
- ALDOT/City of Auburn, Ala. – $479,670 – ALDOT and Auburn will use AID funds for PBEs to help reduce construction costs and time spent on the Moore’s Mill Road Bridge project spanning I-85.
- Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) – $417,696 – OKDOT plans to improve road safety on Interstates in Oklahoma City with high friction surface treatments bought and applied using AID grant money.
- U.S. Forest Service (USFS) – $137,336 – The USFS will restore its Layout Creek Bridge in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest and use AID grant funds for Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System elements of the project.