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.
The e-NEPA Tool (Planning, Environment, and Realty) is a real-time electronic collaboration tool that allows State departments of transportation to share documents, track comments, schedule tasks with participating agencies, and perform concurrent reviews of their environmental impact statements and environmental assessment projects. Every Day Counts-3 (EDC-3) featured the Improving Collaboration and Quality Environmental Documentation (eNEPA and IQED) initiative in order to support tools that reduce the amount of work and resources required for interagency reviews, save considerable time and money, and improve the quality of NEPA documents.
Accelerating Infrastructure Construction and Preservation (Infrastructure) features a number of projects underway to accelerate infrastructure construction and preservation, including Improving Connection of Precast Concrete Bridge Deck Elements to Steel Bridge Superstructures. This project includes use of precast concrete bridge deck elements with steel beam superstructures to accelerate bridge construction. Every Day Counts-2 (EDC-2) promoted Accelerated Bridge Construction as one of many innovations to ensure roadways and bridges are built better, faster, and smarter.
Adaptive Signal Control Technologies (Operations) adjust the timing of red, yellow, and green lights to accommodate changing traffic patterns and ease traffic congestion. As illustrated through Every Day Counts-1 (EDC-1), implementing Adaptive Signal Control Technologies offers numerous benefits, reducing congestion, and prolonging the effectiveness of traffic signal timing.