What is EDC?
EDC is a State-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and integrate automation. Proven innovations promoted through EDC facilitate greater efficiency at the State and local levels, saving time, money and resources that can be used to deliver more projects. EDC is Innovation for a Nation on the Move.
FHWA works with State transportation departments, local governments, tribes, private industry, and other stakeholders to identify a new collection of innovations to champion every two years that merit accelerated deployment. After selecting EDC innovations, transportation leaders from across the country gather at regional summits to discuss and identify opportunities to implement the innovations that best fit the needs of their respective State transportation program. Following the summits, States finalize their 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.
The EDC program has made a significant positive impact in accelerating the deployment of innovations and in building a culture of innovation within the transportation community. Since the inception of EDC, each state has used 20 or more of the 52 innovations promoted through Every Day Counts, and some states have deployed more than 45. Many of these innovations have become mainstream practices across the country. By advancing 21st century solutions, the transportation community is making every day count to ensure our roads and bridges are built better, faster, and smarter. The sixth round of EDC (EDC-6), will promote seven innovations in 2021 and 2022, building on the success of the deployment efforts during EDC-1 (2011–2012 cycle), EDC-2 (2013–2014 cycle), EDC-3 (2015-2016 cycle), EDC-4 (2017-2018 cycle), and EDC-5 (2019 -2020). The EDC program is ready to help you come up with innovative solutions for a Nation.
EDC-6 (2021-2022) INNOVATIONS
The EDC-6 initiatives include Crowdsourcing for Advancing Operations, e-Ticketing and Digital As-Builts, Next-Generation TIM: Integrating Technology, Data, and Training, Strategic Workforce Development, Targeted Overlay Pavement Solutions (TOPS), UHPC for Bridge Preservation and Repair, and Virtual Public Involvement (VPI). Details of these can be found in the slider below:
Converting paper-based materials ticketing systems and as-built plans into electronic (e-Ticketing) workflows and digital as-builts enhances the accessibility of highway project data.
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs aim to shorten the duration and impact of roadway incidents and improve the safety of motorists, crash victims, and responders.
The Highway Construction Workforce Partnership has new resources and innovative strategies for identifying, training, and placing individuals in the Contractors’ workforce and construction jobs.
State and local agencies can deploy Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) a new material for bridge construction that can help with bridge preservation, repair, maintenance, and improvement of bridge conditions.
Virtual public involvement strategies supplement traditional face-to-face information sharing with technology platforms to inform the public, receive feedback, and collect and consider comments.