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Grants awarded for innovative highway projects

Nine states are sharing a package of US$8.4m in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grants aimed at advancing the use of cutting-edge materials, techniques and technology.

The grants are part of FHWA's Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration program Above: The grants are part of FHWA's Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration program

The state departments of transportation in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Utah have been granted Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards. Their projects are seeking to improve safety and operational efficiency of roads and bridges through areas such as pavement materials, engineering techniques and connected-vehicle technology.

“These states are leading the way in implementing innovative solutions to improve safety and mobility on America’s roadways,” said deputy federal highway administrator Brandye Hendrickson.  “Their creative approaches to delivering better quality and more cost-effective solutions in roadbuilding and operations are sure to inspire other states in using such methods.”

Among the recipients is Iowa Department of Transportation, which will use its US$1m AID grant to implement ‘bridge bundling’, an innovative contracting method being used for quick and cost-effectively replacement of several deficient bridges throughout the state.

Minnesota Department of Transportation will use its US$1m to improve roadway safety by creating a signalized “restricted crossing U-turn” intersection on Trunk Highway 65.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) receives US$1m to build the state’s first ‘diverging diamond interchange’. These have been shown in other states to be safer than traditional four-leaf clover or other standard interchanges.

Utah Department of Transportation is receiving US$1m to expand its use of 3D modeling, e-construction and other techniques that improve accuracy and cost-effectiveness of project planning and preliminary engineering.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Town of East Kingston  are receiving US$631,925 to enable use of long-lasting ultra-high-performance concrete and prefabricated bridge elements in the rehabilitation of a bridge.


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This article was published on 10 Sep 2018 (last updated on 10 Sep 2018).

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