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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

Every Day Counts

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In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) launched Every Day Counts (EDC) in cooperation with the American Association of State and Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to speed up the delivery of highway projects and to address the challenges presented by limited budgets. EDC is a State-based model to identify and rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion, and improve environmental sustainability.

Through the EDC model, FHWA works with State and local transportation agencies and industry stakeholders to identify a new collection of innovations to champion every two years. Innovations are selected collaboratively by stakeholders, taking into consideration market readiness, impacts, benefits, and ease of adoption of the innovation. After selecting the EDC technologies for deployment, transportation leaders from across the country gather at regional summits to discuss the innovations and share best practices. These summits begin the process for States, local public agencies, and Federal Lands Highway Divisions to focus on the innovations that make the most sense for their unique program needs, establish performance goals, and commit to finding opportunities to get those innovations into practice over the next two years.

Throughout the two-year deployment cycle, specifications, best practices, lessons learned and relevant data are shared among stakeholders through case studies, webinars, and demonstration projects. The result is rapid technology transfer and accelerated deployment of innovation across the nation.

Many of the research, development, and deployment activities showcased throughout the R&T Agenda have been featured as part of EDC, illustrating the value of research and how FHWA’s highway research and technology initiatives are making a difference in addressing key highway challenges. EDC technologies, practices, and innovations such as prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES), Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT), and the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) were initially developed or advanced through FHWA research and are now being widely implemented throughout the United States to advance safety, improve the mobility of people and goods, maintain infrastructure integrity, enhance system performance, and promote environmental sustainability.

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Every Day Counts (EDC) is an FHWA initiative designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at reducing the time it takes to deliver highway projects, enhancing safety, and protecting the environment.

Discover how FHWA research serves as the foundation for many EDC innovations by exploring the primary offices and programs responsible for meeting key highway challenges.

Last updated: Friday, December 13, 2019