By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Jan. 21 announced more than $8 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program grants to state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments. The grants will help deliver bridge projects sooner, improve traffic management, and accelerate the use of innovative tools and technologies, FHWA said.

Grants ranging from $241,687 to $1 million were awarded to: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan,  Minnesota, New York, and North Dakota. The innovations include 3D modeling, e-Construction, and a robot-driven crash truck known as an “autonomous attenuator” that can protect workers from traffic when doing routine maintenance activities.

The grants “will help advance innovative transportation solutions to improve safety and mobility on America’s roadways,” FHWA Administrator Nicole R. Nason said in an agency release, which details each state’s projects.