By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking for innovations to improve roadway safety and reduce costs as part of the fifth round of its “Every Day Counts” initiative, which is a partnership with state transportation departments and other stakeholders.

“Our goal is to identify tools, techniques and methods currently being used that result in better, safer roads at reduced cost and then promote their use far and wide,” the agency said this week in a statement.

Responses should be submitted to EDC-5suggestions@dot.gov by Jan. 18, or use this pdf form.

Every Day Counts was launched in 2009 in cooperation with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to speed up delivery of highway projects and to address challenges presented by limited budgets. The state-based model is used to identify and rapidly deploy proven, but underutilized, innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion, and improve environmental sustainability. It has advanced over 40 innovations to improve transportation project delivery and led to the establishment of State Transportation Innovation Councils in every state.

More information is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc_5/.