FHWA Innovation Programs

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has multiple programs to inspire innovation within State DOTs.  Since 2011, WisDOT has been involved in the Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts (EDC) program and Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Both of these Federal programs provide state transportation authorities with proven technologies and best practices that streamline the delivery of transportation projects.

The Every Day Counts initiative was created to identify and deploy innovation aimed at reducing the time it takes to deliver highway projects, enhance safety, and protect the environment. WisDOT has been involved with the EDC Program since the first round in 2011. Now in its third round, the EDC program has been instrumental in the progression of many Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) programs. In fact, to date WisDOT has participated in 31 EDC programs ranging from SafetyEdge road treatments to a massive First Responder Training program.

The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) focuses on four key areas: Safety, Renewal, Reliability and Capacity. This program was created to act as a single resource for the most innovative, practical, and proven tools to help transportation professionals quickly rehabilitate America’s aging highway system, reduce congestion and save lives by making roads safer both from a driver-behavior and infrastructure perspective. The SHRP2 program has provided access to many emerging technologies and practices including precast road and bridge components and best practices for managing extremely complex construction projects.

More information on both of these programs can be found at the FHWA EDC Page or the SHRP2 Program Page.

In addition to the Federal programs, WisDOT is also involved in a number of National and State-based research programs and peer exchanges such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Transportation Pooled Fund studies and the Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP).