By Rich Juliano, senior vice president and managing director of contractors and P3 divisions, ARTBA

Weather-savvy roads, targeted pavement preservation treatments, and cost-effective pedestrian safety strategies are among 11 technologies and practices in the fourth-round roster of Every Day Counts—or EDC-4—the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) state-based initiative to deploy proven innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery. 

FHWA will offer technical assistance, training and resources to help transportation agencies and stakeholders adopt EDC-4 innovations in 2017 and 2018.

Every two years, the agency identifies a new set of innovations and technologies that it believes merits widespread deployment through the EDC program.  FHWA’s call for suggestions for EDC-4 innovations drew a strong response from stakeholders, who offered more than 80 new ideas.  Since 2010, FHWA has invited ARTBA to regular meetings with the administrator and other senior officials for updates and feedback on the various editions of the EDC program.

As with the previous rounds of EDC, representatives from federal and state transportation leaders, as well as industry, will be invited to regional summits this fall to learn about the EDC-4 innovations. The EDC-3 program continues until the end of December.

Check out FHWA’s Center for Accelerating Innovation website for announcements about webinars and other information about EDC programs.