In June 2018, FHWA announced the fifth round of Every Day Counts Innovations (EDC-5). From September 10-26, 2018, the agency will hold Orientation Webinars, 90-minute sessions that will introduce each EDC-5 innovation area. The EDC-5 website will post webinar recordings, factsheets, and presentation slides following each session. Non-DOT personnel are welcome to attend the webinars.
Every two years, FHWA works with state departments of transportation and other public and private stakeholders to identify innovative technologies that merit widespread deployment. State Transportation Innovation Councils (STICs) in all fifty states then meet to evaluate these innovations and lead deployment efforts.
Innovations for EDC-5 include weather-responsive management strategies, collaborative hydraulics, rural roadway departures, advanced geotechnical exploration methods, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), virtual public involvement, use of crowdsourcing to advance operations, project bundling, Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP), and value capture of transportation.
In Fall 2018, transportation leaders and front-line professionals from across the country will gather at five Regional Summits to discuss the EDC-5 innovations, exchange ideas with industry counterparts, and provide feedback to FHWA on resources needed in to support innovation adoption.
The NJDOT team will attend the Regional Summit in Albany, New York. Following the summits, New Jersey will finalize the selection of innovations, establish performance goals for the level of implementation and adoption over the upcoming two-year cycle, and begin to implement the innovations with the support and assistance of the technical teams established for each innovation.