By Rich Juliano, senior vice president, policy & managing director of Contractors Division, ARTBA

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is launching the fifth round of its “Every Day Counts” initiative, known as EDC-5, including a slate of regional innovation summits this fall.

Since 2009, the EDC program has encouraged participating state and local governments to adopt new technologies and highway project delivery practices, including warm-mix asphalt and diverging diamond interchanges. EDC-5 will explore the increased use of drones, project bundling and eight other innovations. In a recent meeting, ARTBA provided initial feedback to senior FHWA officials on these choices, similar to dialogues the association has had with the agency since the EDC program was being planned nine years ago.

Five regional summits will provide transportation professionals – including those from industry – with the opportunity to learn about these 10 innovations; exchange ideas with state and local government officials, and industry counterparts; and provide feedback to FHWA on the proposals. The dates and locations are:

  • Oct. 18-19, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct. 24-25, Albany, New York
  • Oct. 29-30, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nov. 8-9, Portland, Oregon
  • Nov. 27-28, Orlando, Florida

Learn more about EDC-5 and the four earlier iterations of the program at FHWA’s Center for Accelerating Innovation.