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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Awards $4.03 Million to Accelerate Innovative Transportation Projects

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Awards $4.03 Million to Accelerate Innovative Transportation Projects

Federal Highway Administration
19 August 2014

FHWA 26-14
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Contact: Neil Gaffney
Tel: 202-366-0660

Funds to help projects in Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery. The funds, which offset the cost of demonstration projects, will help to get roads and bridges repaired and built faster and more efficiently. Additional grants will be announced in coming weeks.

"These innovative investments will give drivers time back with their families instead of sitting in snarled traffic caused by longer than necessary road and bridge repairs and replacement," said Secretary Foxx. "Creativity is key to innovation, and we have the know-how, which underscores the need for the cost-effective infrastructure investments the GROW AMERICA Act will make possible."

The funding announced today comes from the FHWA "Accelerated Innovation Deployment" (AID) Demonstration program, which will ultimately invest $30 million in incentive funding for federal, state, local and tribal government agencies to hasten their use of these innovative methods. The AID program builds on the success of the agency’s ongoing "Every Day Counts" (EDC) initiative, a partnership between the FHWA and state and local transportation agencies to accelerate the deployment of innovative methods and cutting project delivery times.

"The agencies receiving these funds are pioneering new techniques in road- and bridge-building," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. "We’re proud to be a partner in this effort by making available the financial resources needed for higher quality and more durable roads and bridges."

The first six AID Demonstration program grants are:

AgencyAmountProject Description
Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) $1,000,000 ALDOT will use AID funding for "Slide-in-Bridge" construction on the Ross Clark Circle Bridge over Beaver Creek replacement project near Dothan.
Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) $1,000,000 Iowa DOT will invest AID funds in prefabricated bridge elements (PBEs) and high performance materials for its bridge replacement project on SH 92 over Little Silver Creek in Pottawattamie County.
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) $1,000,000 VTrans' AID grant will help "Tri-State" (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) implement an Advanced Transportation Management System and Traveler Information System providing state of the art traveler information services to the public.
ALDOT/City of Auburn $479,670 ALDOT and Auburn will use AID funds for PBEs to help reduce construction costs and time spent on the Moore’s Mill Road Bridge project spanning I-85.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) $417,696 OKDOT plans to improve road safety on Interstates in Oklahoma City with high friction surface treatments bought and applied using AID grant money.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) $137,336 The USFS will restore its Layout Creek Bridge in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest and use AID grant funds for Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System elements of the project.

For more information about these grants, and FHWA’s AID Demonstration program, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/accelerating/grants/.

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