The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have announced $8.8 million in grants for 10 projects in eight States and the District of Columbia to encourage the use of tools that can improve safety on bridges and in work zones.

The grants, which can also be used for other innovative transportation technologies such as ultra-high-performance concrete to digital mapping programs, are provided by FHWA’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program and complement President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.

FHWA administrator, Shailen Bhatt, said:

“Innovation is essential for the future of transportation infrastructure and these grants will help our State, local, and Tribal partners to improve safety, increase the resilience of our transportation infrastructure, and combat the climate crisis.


“The grants, along with additional funding from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will bring more innovations to America’s road, highway, and bridge projects.”

The grants plan to help in funding 9 states with innovative transport projects. Examples include $1 million of the grant is going towards Arizona’s smart work zone technologies that will share real-time data from active construction areas to improve agency monitoring processes, enhance safety for workers, and improve traveller information tools.

Another $1 million will be going to the state of Texas for their Traffic Speed Deflection Device technology which will collect data on the structural condition of pavements using a non-contact doppler laser without the need for traffic control. Data collected as part of the project is expected to improve TxDOT’s annual treatment planning program.

Click here to read the full details of which other states and projects AID will be funding.

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