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The Washington State Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is a partnership between WSDOT's Local Program Division and FHWA, providing training opportunities and a coordinated technology transfer program for local agencies in Washington State. LTAP offers courses directly targeting the training needs of local agencies receiving Federal funding.

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington Win STIC Excellence Awards

State Transportation Innovation Councils (STIC) in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington received 2019 STIC Excellence Awards for demonstrating success in fostering a strong culture of innovation. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Federal Highway Administration collaborate on the annual award, which was presented to the winning STICs at AASHTO’s annual meeting in St. Louis, MO.

New Jersey

The New Jersey STIC is developing a culture of innovation with broad stakeholder participation, shared metrics, and an engaged leadership. The STIC established processes to identify and move new technologies into practice, including an online portal to solicit potential ideas. The STIC also created three teams—Infrastructure Preservation, Safety, and Mobility and Operations—to champion innovations. A new web page features information on the STIC’s innovation initiatives and a searchable innovation database.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania STIC fosters an innovative culture at all levels of government and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors to ensure smart investments in Pennsylvania's highway infrastructure. The STIC consolidated its Technical Advisory Groups from 10 to four—Design, Construction and Materials, Maintenance, and Safety and Traffic Operations—to improve efficiency, enhance collaboration between groups on overlapping innovations, and provide flexibility to engage a variety of subject matter experts. The STIC also revamped its website, which features innovation deployment information and an interactive Year-End Report.

Washington

The Washington STIC is building a culture of innovation through collaboration to update the Washington State Department of Transportation Hydraulics Manual and to develop a programmatic biological assessment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These efforts brought local, Federal, and private sector partners to the table to look at how to institutionalize innovations statewide.

For more information on the STIC Excellence Awards, contact Sara Lowry of the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation.   10/19

 

Innovation of the Month: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

FHWA’s Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations (pdf 6.81 mb) details a six-step process to help agencies select countermeasures for uncontrolled crossing locations based on research and best practices.

The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) Countermeasure Selection Tool responds to user input and returns a list of STEP countermeasures suitable to the roadway conditions. For each countermeasure, PEDSAFE provides users details about typical costs, design considerations, and installation examples.

The STEP Countermeasure Tech Sheets describe countermeasures for uncontrolled crossing locations and provide detailed information on cost and crash reduction factors. A set of STEP Countermeasure Videos is also available to explain the overall purpose and design elements for several of these countermeasures. These materials emphasize the life-saving impact of the STEP countermeasures to state and local transportation agencies.

States are already using these resources to develop and implement plans of their own across the country.

Pedestrian fatalities continue to rise across the nation and in Arizona. To combat the increase, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) formed a multi-agency team including ADOT, FHWA, the City of Phoenix, City of Tempe, and City of Tucson to advance implementation of STEP countermeasures. The STEP team referenced the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (2017) (pdf 24.7 mb) to help identify locations for focused improvements. The team also identified the different challenges that rural and urban areas face with implementing the STEP countermeasures and designed resources to help local agencies advance STEP on locally owned road systems.

The team developed an AZ STEP Guide website devoted to their program, including an interactive countermeasure selection tool based on FHWA guidelines. The website provides links to Arizona-specific installation examples, illustrations of the countermeasures, and references to State laws and MUTCD guidance for the design of the treatments.

To learn more about the STEPs you can take to choose and implement countermeasures, please contact Becky Crowe with the FHWA Office of Safety or Peter Eun with the FHWA Resource Center.   10/19

 

FHWA Final Rule Encourages Innovation in Federally Funded Highway Projects

On September 27, 2019, FHWA issued a Final Rule (pdf 334 kb) in the Federal Register repealing the long-standing federal provisions (23 CFR 635.411(a)-(e)) for the use of patented or proprietary products on federal-aid projects; this rule will take effect on October 28, 2019.  The Final Rule provides to the states the flexibility to use their procurement procedures when deciding the selection of proprietary or patented materials.   10/19

 

Innovation of the Month: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

In 2018, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians died in the United States, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association– the highest total number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990. Pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017, while other traffic fatalities decreased by six percent. The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes proven countermeasures at pedestrian crossings to reduce growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities.

The seven countermeasures include: crosswalk visibility enhancements, raised crosswalks, refuge islands, Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs), Road Diets, and Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs).

Over the next four weeks, we will look at four features of implementing STEP. They include the system— considering all pedestrian crossings and the risk factors that contribute to crashes and fatalities; the tools—countermeasures selected to increase pedestrian safety at a given location; evaluation—verified results in areas implementing STEP can lead to further implementation, and people—partnerships formed between agencies and the integration of law enforcement and public education into your pedestrian safety efforts.

STEP Resources:

The FHWA Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations (pdf 6.8 mb) details a six-step process to help agencies select countermeasures for uncontrolled crossing locations.

FHWA published 18 STEP Case Studies that highlight State and local agency practices, policies and decision-making strategies for deploying the STEP countermeasures. The case studies include installation examples with measured impacts on pedestrian safety, and practices where State DOTs integrated pedestrian safety and countermeasures into Complete Streets policy, transportation plans, and data analysis.

A set of six STEP Countermeasure Tech Sheets is also available, describing each STEP countermeasure promoted for uncontrolled crossing locations. Each tech sheet includes an illustration, cost information, design considerations, and crash reduction factors.

Finally, six STEP Countermeasure Videos are available to explain the overall purpose and design elements for STEP countermeasures. These animated videos will help educate a broad spectrum of officials and the public. You can use these videos to engage audiences at conferences, public meetings, and through other digital communications.

Watch and share our innovation spotlight video for STEP, and to learn how your State can STEP up its pedestrian safety efforts, contact Becky Crowe with the FHWA Office of Safety or Peter Eun with the FHWA Resource Center.   9/19

 

Innovation of the Month: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the four pillars of the focus on reducing rural roadway departures (FoRRRwD) initiative—addressing roadway departures on all public roads, using systemic safety analysis to identify those locations most at risk, developing safety action plans, and implementing proven roadway departure countermeasures.

This week, we showcase Washington State, who worked with its local agencies to use all four pillars of FoRRRwD to effectively prevent lane departure crashes.

The State evaluated the location of fatal and serious collisions, and dedicated 70 percent of their Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding to local agency projects—putting the money where the problems were.

Washington State determined 70 percent of its fatal and serious collisions occurred on local roads. They dedicated a matching 70 percent of HSIP funding to local roadways to combat this problem.

The State conducted initial data analysis and provided information to county engineers for their own county-level systemic analysis. The crash and roadway data allowed each county to easily compare itself to similar counties based on a number of risk factors. Thirty-five of 39 counties completed local road safety plans (LRSPs) to establish priorities and qualify for HSIP funding.

In Thurston County, where about two-thirds of the roads are in rural areas, officials used systemic analysis and its LRSP to target horizontal curves. These curves accounted for 45 percent of the county’s fatal and serious injury crashes from 2006 to 2010. With HSIP funding, Thurston County implemented curve safety countermeasures such as enhanced signing, raised pavement markers, rumble strips, and guardrail delineation.

As a result, fatal and serious injury crashes on horizontal curves in Thurston County decreased by 35 percent from 2012 to 2016.

To learn more about how Washington State significantly reduced roadway departures, contact Cate Satterfield with the FHWA Office of Safety or Dick Albin with the FHWA Resource Center.   9/19

 

Innovation of the Month: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

During the month of September, we are discussing the four pillars of the focus on reducing rural roadway departures (FoRRRwD) initiative—addressing roadway departures on all public roads, using systemic safety analysis to identify those locations most at risk, developing safety action plans, and using proven countermeasures to reduce lane departures.

Once an agency has identified at-risk locations with systemic analysis and developed a safety action plan, it must implement roadway departure countermeasures to achieve crash reductions. There are many lane departure countermeasures to consider, including those in the Proven Safety Countermeasure Initiative. It is important to understand the three objectives that these safety treatments seek to achieve.

Transportation agencies are encouraged to use 18 trading cards illustrating rural roadway departure crash types, countermeasures and tools in their own meetings to educate staff on various approaches to reduce rural roadway crashes. Click on the image to download a printable PDF.

Objective 1: Keep vehicles on roadways and in their lane. Signing, pavement markings, friction treatments, and rumble strips are countermeasures that help achieve this objective. In a study analyzing data from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Washington State, centerline rumble strips on two-lane rural roads reduced head-on injury crashes by 38-50 percent.

Objective 2: Increase the opportunity for safe recovery. Shoulders, traversable slopes, clear zones, and SafetyEdge℠—a paving technique that provides a safe transition back onto the pavement, are examples of this objective in practice. In a study including Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and one Florida county, SafetyEdge℠ reduced all injury crashes by 11 percent.

Objective 3: Reduce crash severity. Barriers and breakaway designs for signs, luminaires, and mailboxes are examples of these types of countermeasures. Cable barriers, for example, are a flexible barrier that reduces crash severity. They are most commonly seen as a median barrier on divided highways, and are being used as roadside barriers on two-lane roads in South Dakota, New York, and Colorado. Cable barriers are particularly effective on the outside of curves, where run-off-road crashes are most common.

To learn more about countermeasures used in roadway departure safety, please visit this website or contact Cate Satterfield with the FHWA Office of Safety or Dick Albin with the FHWA Resource Center.   9/19

 

National Roundabouts Week

Each year, during the third week in September, FHWA celebrates National Roundabouts Week to raise awareness about this safe and efficient intersection design. Modern roundabouts reduce severe crashes by approximately 80 percent (pdf 245 kb) compared to traditional two-way stop-controlled intersections.

Roundabouts are effective in urban and rural areas under a wide range of traffic conditions. Today, there are more than 4,000 modern roundabouts in the United States.

FHWA encourages transportation agencies to consider roundabouts during new construction and reconstruction projects, as well as for existing intersections identified as needing safety or operational improvements. There's no way around it-roundabouts are an effective safety countermeasure.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RoundaboutsWeek..   9/19

 

MassDOT Making Bus Routes Safer for Pedestrians

As part of its effort to integrate pedestrian safety countermeasures into Massachusetts policies, plans, and projects, MassDOT is looking at ways to make systemic improvements to pedestrian crossings along bus routes, beginning in the City of Chelsea.

As part of a pedestrian safety study, Chelsea inventoried pedestrian accommodations at bus stops. Looking at the highest volume stops, MassDOT compared pedestrian-related crashes and the physical conditions of the stops and then conducted road safety audits for Chelsea’s bus corridor to identify potential pedestrian crossing improvements, bus stop improvements, and roadway changes to reduce pedestrian-vehicle conflicts.

The City is currently developing a preferred corridor design with safety enhancements, scheduled for completion in late 2019.

The State is evaluating using this process as a model for how to improve pedestrian safety on roadways with bus routes.

To learn more about MassDOT’s effort to improve pedestrian safety along bus routes, please contact Kevin Fitzgerald with MassDOT or Michael Pezzullo with the FHWA Massachusetts Division.   9/19

 

Innovation of the Month: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

Last week, we discussed two of the four pillars of the focus on reducing rural roadway departures (FoRRRwD) initiative—recognizing that roadway departures happen on all public roads and using systemic safety analysis to identify those locations most at risk.

The next pillar involves taking those identified locations and developing strategies to address them in a safety action plan. These plans, whether simple or complex, are a powerful, data-driven way to prioritize safety activities and improvements and justify your investment decisions. A formal plan helps to communicate your priorities to other stakeholders including elected officials and the public, and may help secure any necessary funding. Last week we highlighted County Road Safety Plans in Minnesota, but any type of road agency can create Local Road Safety Plans (LRSPs).

The planning process has some key steps, obtaining stakeholder input, using crash and roadway data, and choosing proven solutions to implement. This process is scalable and can be modified for any level of available data and expertise. Data is critical to the plan, but lack of data shouldn’t prevent an agency from developing one. For instance, if traffic volumes aren’t available, agency staff can categorize the roads into low, medium and high volume. If roadway departures are occurring on curves for which geometric information is not available, a map can quickly help identify the sharpest curves or other areas that may require attention. Law enforcement, public health officials, and roadway maintenance staff are a great resource for this type of data.

This Local Roads Safety Plan video shows the overall steps to develop a Local Road Safety Plan.

In California, Caltrans piloted a project with five counties to develop LRSPs. When these pilot counties apply for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds, Caltrans can be confident these are data-driven safety projects. Caltrans is considering an approach which will require a local agency to have an LRSP or equivalent plan to qualify for HSIP funding.

Next week, we will look at some proven countermeasures for reducing roadway departures.

To learn more about developing a safety action plan to reduce severe roadway departure crashes in your jurisdiction, contact Cate Satterfield with the FHWA Office of Safety or Dick Albin with the FHWA Resource Center.   9/19

 

Bundling Helps Improve System Performance

Did you know project bundling has proved to be a valuable tool in all three major approaches to managing bridge condition and performance: preservation/preventive maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement? It allows agencies to strategically focus resources and increase return on investment as they improve system-wide performance and safety.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is combining the preservation needs of eight eastern counties into three project bundles, one each for preservation, painting and washing. NYSDOT also bundled 81 deck replacement projects into 9 bundles, improving the efficiency of program delivery. In total, NYSDOT replaced 116 bridge decks in two years using bundling.

Read FHWA’s Bridge Bundling Guidebook (pdf 19.5 mb) for case studies on these programs and others. For technical assistance, contact Romeo Garcia, FHWA Office of Infrastructure, or David Unkefer, FHWA Resource Center.   9/19

 

Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

Thirty people will die today, and every day, in a rural roadway departure—accounting for one third of U.S. traffic fatalities. The Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) EDC initiative aims to provide technical assistance and training to States, counties, parishes, townships, and other local agencies across the country to address this deadly problem. This is accomplished through FoRRRwD’s four pillars.

The first pillar is recognizing that roadway departures happen on all public roads. Up to half of roadway departure deaths happen on locally-owned roads, off the State highway system. This is why the FoRRRwD initiative puts emphasis on helping both local and State agencies.

Another pillar of FoRRRwD is systemic safety analysis to identify locations for safety improvement. The systemic approach identifies locations that are at high risk of serious rural roadway departure crashes. The analysis is based on roadway features that correlate with particular crash types. Then agencies can install countermeasures at multiple locations across the system with those higher-risk features. Essentially, historic crash and roadway data help agencies identify locations with the greatest potential for future crashes. Because roadway departures are scattered across the rural network, the systemic approach is essential, as it involves widely implemented low cost improvements.

Narrowing down probable crash locations and implementing countermeasures, sometimes even before crashes occur, allows agencies to improve rural road safety in a proactive way.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) used systemic safety analysis as it developed road safety plans for each of the State’s 87 counties. Using a process similar to that outlined in the systemic safety project selection tool, MnDOT helped identify high-risk locations in each county. The analysis also identified emphasis areas to significantly reduce the severe and fatal crash types and helped compile a list of potential safety countermeasures. Ultimately, this information helped counties identify low-cost safety projects to implement on a systemic basis, a key objective of the road safety plans.

Next week, we will discuss how to use the results of systemic analysis to develop safety action plans, the third pillar of FoRRRwD.   8/19

 

Leading Pedestrian Intervals Key to Pedestrian Safety in the District

The FHWA Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) as a proven safety countermeasure for pedestrians crossing at signalized intersections. LPIs allow pedestrians to walk—usually 3 to 5 seconds—before vehicles receive a green signal to turn left or right.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington D.C, is implementing LPIs across their network. Starting in 2018 with the Citywide Signal Optimization program, DDOT developed selection guidelines and criteria where intersections could be evaluated quickly for LPI implementation. These guidelines capture the magnitude and severity of pedestrian-vehicle interactions at signalized intersections, and identify locations where the physical characteristics of the intersection make those interactions more dangerous.

The data used to drive these decisions includes crash data, pedestrian and vehicle volume counts, land use, and a visual inspection of sight line obstructions and crosswalk locations.

Under DDOT's program, every signal in the city will be evaluated for LPI implementation by the end of the current five-year cycle. Last fall, DDOT implemented approximately 90 new LPIs, bringing its total to over 330. This year, it expects to implement over 250 new LPIs as they maintain their commitment to Vision Zero.

Is your agency considering widespread installation of LPIs? If so, please contact Becky Crowe of the FHWA Office of Safety or Peter Eun of the FHWA Resource Center.   8/19

 

Washington Virtually Engages Public on First Diverging Diamond Interchange

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) launched a virtual public involvement (VPI) initiative to inform the public on what to expect from its first diverging diamond interchange (DDI).

The State’s visual engineering resource group (VERG) used three-dimensional modeling to create a virtual representation of the project and how it could impact drivers and pedestrians. WSDOT then captured public opinion on various aspects of the proposed model through the use of online polling.

A video of the project, “Diverging Diamond Interchange Comes to Washington State,” was a valuable tool to describe the project and its benefits in high volume interchanges to improve safety and efficiency. The video has more than one million views, indicating the VPI initiative was successful at reaching a wide audience of stakeholders.

WSDOT officials believe this project provides an example of how other States can incorporate VPI into projects. For more information on how Washington incorporated VPI in this project, contact Kurt Stiles with the WSDOT VERG.   8/19

 

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, transform highway transportation by enhancing safety and productivity and reducing cost.

North Carolina uses UAS in construction inspection to routinely monitor and document large and complex construction projects. Source: North Carolina DOT

During August, we will give you examples of UAS deployment in three major categories— structural inspection, construction inspection, and emergency response— and show the benefits agencies using UAS are already seeing.

  • In structural inspection, UAS improve safety for inspection teams and the traveling public by reducing the need for temporary work zones.
  • In construction inspection, UAS provide data for surveying, project scoping, quantity verification, and work zone traffic monitoring.
  • In emergency response operations when roadways are impacted and difficult to access, UAS allow agencies to make informed decisions in response to rockslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes, fires, severe storms, and other emergency events.

To learn more about UAS and how they are changing the way transportation agencies do business, visit FHWA’s UAS website. If you would like to learn how to deploy UAS in your State, please contact James Gray with the FHWA Office of Infrastructure or John Haynes of the FHWA Utah Division.   8/19

 

How Many Bridges to Bundle?

How Many Bridges to Bundle?

When it comes to project bundling, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. States have successfully used bridge bundles ranging from 2 to more than 500.

  • Missouri replaced or rehabilitated 802 bridges over 3.5 years using a single contract for 554 bridges and smaller bundles for the remainder.
  • Georgia accelerated the replacement of 25 local bridges using 5 bundles with 4–6 bridges each, based on location.
  • Pennsylvania is replacing 558 State bridges in under 3 years in a single public-private partnership procurement. The State also offers a local agency program that bundles bridges with similar designs into smaller contracts.

Learn about the criteria used to determine bundle size and select projects for these programs and others in FHWA’s Bridge Bundling Guidebook (pdf 19.5 mb). For details, contact Romeo Garcia, FHWA Office of Infrastructure, or David Unkefer, FHWA Resource Center.   8/19

 

Colorado Uses Friction Sensors to Increase Safety and Lower Costs

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is using friction sensors— electronic radars attached to the back end of fleet vehicles— to collect data on the amount of grip present on a roadway, increasing road safety and lowering costs. The sensors relay information on pavement temperature changes, along with friction and moisture levels present on a roadway, to the Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) where they determine which segments of roadway need salt, liquid materials, plowing, or a combination of treatments. By mapping site-specific data, maintenance workers can focus on areas that need treatment rather than treating whole sections of roadway.

In testing these sensors on a small selection of roads, CDOT reduced use of solid materials by 21 percent and liquid materials by 56 percent over the course of three statewide snowstorms. These reductions resulted in $180,000 of savings in material costs for CDOT. If implemented State-wide, CDOT estimates these sensors will save over a million dollars per year with the State’s average 15 snowstorms per winter.

The program’s success has resulted in its expansion, with the State expecting to have 70-80 mobile sensors in the field by the end of winter, 2019-2020. To learn more about road weather management – weather-savvy roads, contact Ray Murphy of the FHWA Resource Center.   7/19

 

FHWA Low Cost Safety Improvements video series available

FHWA has posted a Low-Cost Safety Improvements video series on YouTube.

Video-specific links:   6/19

 

AID Demonstration Incentivizes Innovation Implementation and Adoption

Since its launch in 2014, the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program has awarded over $65 million in grant funds to assist federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies use innovative traffic, safety, and construction practices.

The AID Demonstration program provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. The techniques and methods used on all AID Demonstration projects follow all applicable federal regulations and policies to ensure that roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure are built safely for use by the traveling public.

Learn more about the AID Demonstration awards that have been awarded since the program’s inception or view the factsheet to learn how your State can apply for future awards. Applications are accepted and evaluated on an open, rolling basis until the program ends or funding is no longer available. Go to Grants.gov to apply (search for Opportunity Number FHWA-2016-21063).   5/19

 

EDC-5 Baseline Report Now Available

Every Day Counts: On-Ramp to Innovation is now available. This report describes the 10 technologies and practices FHWA is promoting in EDC round five. It also summarizes the deployment status of each innovation as of January 2019 and the goals States set to advance their adoption by the end of 2020.

Will your State institutionalize unmanned aerial systems or use modern communication techniques through virtual public involvement during this round? Will it bring its A-GaME on subsurface exploration or STEP up on pedestrian safety? Read the report and stay tuned to EDC News for updates and success stories.   5/19

 

TC3 Leverages YouTube to Launch Just-in-time Video Library

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Just-in-time (JIT) video library, featuring more than 60 videos in four broad categories: construction, maintenance, materials, and traffic and safety. Out JIT videos can be accessed anytime through TC3's YouTube channel, and are completely free! These helpful videos share information on test procedures, field inspection, maintenance best practices, and more.

All videos were provided by various agencies, and while they may include some state-specific verbiage, the content has been thoroughly reviewed and proved to be beneficial to all technical staff involved in highway operations regardless of geographic location. We will continue adding training videos to our channel; make sure to subscribe, so you won't miss out on updates and new releases.

Below, we've included links to some videos that might interest you.

Does your state have training or instructional videos that might be beneficial to technicians/engineers? Please submit those resources to the TC3, and we can make them available through our channels.   4/19

 

Access Free Online Training from AASHTO

To browse and access TC3 course offerings, go to https://tc3.transportation.org/. To learn more about CLAS, a part of FHWA’s Office of Innovative Program Delivery, go to https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/clas/.

You will need an AASHTO account to access the FHWA sponsored online training courses. If you have not previously registered for an AASHTO account, please go to

To gain access to available training courses, please follow the steps below and use the provided promotion code to access sponsored training courses:

  1. Go to https://store.transportation.org/ and find “My Account” at the top right of the page. If visiting for the first time, select “Register” and provide the requested information; otherwise, select Sign In and enter your email address and password.
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To launch purchased training courses, select “My Training” from the “My Account” dropdown menu at the top of the page. This will display a list of purchased courses that you can complete.

If you have questions or need additional information, please use the Contact Us form at   https://store.transportation.org/ContactUs to submit your support request or question.   4/19

 

Project Bundling

April’s Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) innovation of the month is an advanced approach to project bundling. It addresses the growing need to address aging infrastructure in a way that can expedite project delivery, reduce costs, and improve contracting efficiency.

Basic project bundling is not a new concept to transportation, but this approach is built around 10 steps that improve the likelihood of success for these efforts.

A contract bundle can cover a single county, district, or state to address goals such as reducing rural roadway departures or improving pedestrian safety. Bundles can also be written to allow a combination of work types to best meet an agency’s specific needs.

Project bundling streamlines preconstruction activities such as environmental reviews and project design. If projects share features, agencies can use common design elements across the bundle. Addressing infrastructure needs in this way uses economies of scale to leverage design expertise, save procurement time, and reduce cost.

This practice is already a proven one. Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation (PennDOT) conducted a three-county pilot project that rebuilt, replaced, or removed 41 county-owned structures for $25 million. This bundling effort resulted in a 25-50 percent savings on design and 5-15 percent savings on construction.

The success of this effort lead PennDOT to pursue a statewide, 558-bridge contract bundle.

You can learn more about this practice in this Innovation Spotlight video or by contacting Romeo Garcia with the Federal Highway Administration Office of Infrastructure or David Unkefer with FHWA’s Resource Center for information, technical assistance, and training.   4/19

 

Pennsylvania STIC Highlights Safety Improvements

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council’s 2018 STIC Year-End Report documents progress on innovation deployment, including high-friction surface treatments (HFST) and roundabouts to reduce crashes.

By November 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation installed HFST on nearly 250 roadway sections. Crash data analysis of 47 locations found that fatalities dropped from eight to zero and injury crashes went from 190 to 71. Pennsylvania now has 45 roundabouts on State roads, with nine more set to open in 2019. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in any Pennsylvania roundabouts. A study of 11 roundabouts at locations previously controlled by stop signs or traffic signals found that total crashes dropped by 47 percent.

To learn more, read Pennsylvania’s STIC Year-End Report, now in an online format featuring videos, animated infographics, and resource links, or contact the Pennsylvania STIC Management Team.   3/19

 

Improved PEDSAFE Tool Helps Agencies STEP Up Pedestrian Safety

FHWA updated the Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) guidance document to be more interactive and usable to a wide range of decision makers. Within PEDSAFE’s Countermeasure Selection Tool, users can select “improve safety at uncontrolled crossings.” The tool then leads the user through a series of questions linked to the “FHWA Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations (pdf 6.9 mb).”

The tool returns a list of countermeasures suitable to the roadway conditions the user specifies, and each countermeasure links to a page in PEDSAFE that includes details about typical costs, design considerations, and installation examples across the United States. For information, contact Rebecca Crowe, safe transportation for every pedestrian (STEP) team leader.   3/19

 

2019 National Roadway Safety Awards Program

The 2019 National Roadway Safety Awards Program is currently accepting applications from both state and local agencies. These awards are presented every two years to recognize innovative and cost-effective projects and programs that have been shown to save lives. You can submit and win an award in two categories: 1) Infrastructure and Operational Improvements and 2) Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation.

All entries are evaluated by a panel of judges including the Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration. Award winners are flown to Washington, DC to accept their awards where they will participate in a recognition ceremony, luncheon, and meet-and-greet with national transportation leaders and elected officials.

Learn more about the program and submit an application. Applications are due May 31.   3/19

 

Oklahoma Highlights High-Friction Surface Treatment Success

Communication is a key component of getting innovations into widespread practice. The Oklahoma Department (ODOT) had a success story to tell on deployment of high-friction surface treatments (HFST) to decrease roadway fatalities and prevent crashes. After ODOT applied HFST at three Mayes County locations, an agency analysis projected a 79 percent reduction in crashes and 75 percent decline in severe injuries and fatalities.

For an HFST project on Interstates 40 and 44 in Oklahoma City, ODOT projected a 77 percent reduction in crashes and a 69 percent drop in severe injuries and fatalities. To better share its HFST successes with transportation professionals and the public, ODOT used State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive funds on a communication strategy that included development of a report (pdf 1.8 mb) and news release (pdf 144 kb).

For information, contact David Ooten of ODOT.   3/19

 

STIC Incentive Funds Help Make Innovations Everyday Practice

When transportation agencies need a boost to make innovations standard practice, they can turn to the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive program.

The program offers funding of up to $100,000 a year per STIC to cover some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices by a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder. STIC Incentive funds may be used to develop technical guidance and standards, implement process changes, organize peer exchanges, or offset the cost of innovation deployment or other activities that support a STIC’s strategic needs.

STIC Incentive funds helped the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) implement a traffic operations open data service. The Iowa DOT uses the data feeds in project prioritization, lane-closure planning, and Traffic Management Center (TMC) applications. A work zone alert feed, for example, identifies work zones where traffic has slowed or stopped for the TMC operations dashboard and triggers text alerts to Iowa DOT staff. The Iowa DOT expects the data service to provide savings to State and local agency staff who obtained information from multiple sources in the past. For information, read “Iowa DOT Traffic Operations Open Data Service” (pdf 739 kb) or contact Skylar Knickerbocker of the Iowa State University Center for Transportation Research and Education.

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) used STIC Incentive funds to develop and implement a process to share three-dimensional engineered (3D) model data with contractors to simplify use of automated machine guidance (pdf 3.87 mb) (AMG) on projects. The process provides contractors with 3D data generated through the design process for use in construction model creation and choice on the selection of AMG equipment. MaineDOT then compares the contractor’s construction model with the design data and inspects the project to verify conformity to the design. For information, contact Brian Kittridge of MaineDOT.

Learn more about the many ways STICs use incentive funds to standardize innovation on the STIC Incentive Projects web page.

Contact Sara Lowry of the Center for Accelerating Innovation for information on the program.

Contact your State Every Day Counts coordinator for assistance with STIC Incentive applications.   2/19

 

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The Federal Highway Administration offers technical assistance, training, and incentives to help the highway community adopt innovations—including those in Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5)—and make them standard practice.

Multidisciplinary teams of experts are available to provide technical assistance and training to help State and local agencies adopt the 10 innovations in EDC-5, now underway. They also organize peer exchanges to enable transportation practitioners to discuss innovation challenges and best practices with colleagues in other States.   1/19

The Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program offers incentives to accelerate the implementation of innovation in highway transportation projects. Funding of up to $1 million per project may be awarded for using innovation on any project phase between planning and delivery, including financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction.

The State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive (STIC) program provides funding of up to $100,000 per STIC per year to offset some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices in a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder.

 

Learn About Every Day Counts Round Five Innovations

Now that Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) is underway, State and local agencies are evaluating the 10 innovations to determine which to adopt over the next 2 years. The Federal Highway Administration is available to provide technical assistance, training, and resources to help deploy the innovations. Watch introductory webinars on the EDC-5 innovations.   1/19

Two EDC-5 innovations address safety issues:

  • Systemic application of proven countermeasures to reduce rural roadway departures helps keep vehicles in their travel lanes, lower the potential for crashes, and lessen the severity of crashes that do occur.
  • As pedestrian safety continues to be a concern, the cost-effective countermeasures in the safe transportation for every pedestrian initiative can help reduce pedestrian fatalities at uncontrolled and signalized crossing locations.

Three innovations can enhance quality:

  • Advanced geotechnical exploration methods generate more accurate geotechnical characterizations that improve design and construction, leading to shorter project delivery times and reducing risks associated with limited data on subsurface site conditions.
  • Tools in the collaborative hydraulics: advancing to the next generation of engineering initiative improve understanding of complex interactions between waterways and transportation assets, enabling better design and project delivery and enhanced communication.
  • Unmanned aerial systems collect high-quality data automatically or remotely, allowing agencies to expedite the data collection needed for better decision making while reducing the adverse impacts of temporary work zones on workers and travelers.

Two innovations help agencies improve mobility:

  • Using crowdsourcing to advance operations turns transportation system users into real-time sensors on system performance, providing low-cost, high-quality data on traffic operations, conditions, and patterns.
  • Weather-responsive management strategies support agencies in deploying improved traffic control and traveler information systems that can reduce crashes and delays resulting from adverse weather.

Two innovations use strategies to shorten project delivery times:

  • Using project bundling to award a single contract for several similar preservation, rehabilitation, or replacement projects helps agencies streamline design and construction, cut costs, and decrease project backlogs.
  • Strategies promoted in the value capture: capitalizing on the value created by transportation initiative enable agencies to recover a portion of public transportation investments that result in increased land values to reinvest in the transportation system.

One innovation supports environmental sustainability:

  • Virtual public involvement techniques offer convenient, efficient, and low-cost methods for informing the public, encouraging participation, and getting input on transportation planning and project development.

 

New Year, New Innovations: Every Day Counts Round Five Starts Now

As Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) kicks off this month, deployment teams are ready to provide technical assistance, resources, and training to help transportation agencies adopt 10 proven innovations that will benefit transportation agencies and the traveling public.

Innovator Newsletter: Ready for Round Five

The EDC-5 roster includes safety-focused initiatives to reduce pedestrian fatalities and rural roadway departures, innovations such as advanced geotechnical exploration methods and hydraulic modeling tools to improve project delivery, and techniques such as project bundling to repair roads and bridges more cost-effectively.

“The EDC-5 innovations go a long way in supporting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s and Federal Highway Administration’s strategic priorities,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson. “Safety is number one, but strengthening infrastructure and planning for the future through innovation are also priorities we’re all working toward.”

Transportation stakeholders gathered for fall 2018 summits for a first look at the EDC-5 innovations. State Transportation Innovation Councils are now reviewing the innovations to determine which best fit their State and local agency needs and developing plans to deploy the innovations over the next 2 years.   1/19

 

Seattle Improves Pedestrian Safety With Retroreflective Sleeves on Signs

As State and local agencies partner with FHWA to advance the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian initiative, the city of Seattle, WA, added retroreflective sleeves to about 5,000 of the city’s 8,000 STOP and YIELD sign posts. The sleeve is a three-sided reflector that attaches to a sign post and matches the sign’s background color. This low-cost, quickly installed treatment increases the visibility of the sign, especially during evening hours. The neighboring city of Shoreline adopted Seattle’s approach for sign sleeves at crosswalks and intersections and the Washington State Department of Transportation began installing the sleeves on signs at curves and on/off ramps. The use of retroreflective sleeves is supported by FHWA’s "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices." For information, read "Can a Sleeve and a Gateway Improve Pedestrian Safety?" in the FHWA Safety Compass newsletter or contact Becky Crowe of the FHWA Office of Safety.   11/18

 

AASHTO TC3 YouTube Video Resource

The AASHTO Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has launched a YouTube channel containing videos supplied by agencies sharing information on test procedures, construction inspection, maintenance procedures, and more. This is a place where anyone can go to learn more about highway operations. There may be some slight state-specific information (which the viewer is warned about), but much of the information is valuable to anyone performing that type of work. A number of states have these types of videos, but other agencies aren’t always aware about how or where to find them, so the purpose of this TC3 channel is to share this valuable information with everyone. 11/18

 

Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council

TC3 is AASHTO’s online training library of 190+ training modules. Courses are developed by subject matter experts and include national best practices. All courses are available on the TC3 (pdf 481 kb) website and also a mobile app, available on iOS and Android systems.   10/18

 

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Basics

With a host of new vehicle technologies emerging, it’s common to see news articles discussing automated and connected vehicle technologies. Though at times these terms are mistakenly used interchangeably, there is a clear distinction between the two concepts. This technical brief provides an overview of the two technologies. (pdf 1.07 mb)   10/18

 

In Case You Missed Them: EDC-5 Orientation Webinars Available for Viewing

Watch recordings of the introductory webinars on the 10 innovations in EDC round five (EDC-5). Each 90-minute webinar provides an overview of an EDC-5 innovation, examples of how the innovation is being used in transportation programs, and resources available to help agencies deploy the innovation in 2019 and 2020.   10/18