Every Day Counts: The Second Phase

This article describes the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) program, which was established to move lesser used innovations and processes into mainstream use quickly in order to reduce project delivery time. EDC is unique due to the high level of FHWA leadership involvement, its process for selecting focus innovations that encourages a broad spectrum of suggestions from throughout the highway community, and the fact that key decisions as to which innovations to use are made in the State itself. In December 2012, this first round of EDC projects (EDC1) hit the end of its 2-year lifespan. At that point, FHWA responsibilities for managing the innovations returned to the offices from which they originated. EDC1 focused on 15 processes and methods for shortening project delivery, many of which have been adopted by States and Federal Lands Highways divisions. In Summer 2012, FHWA announced 10 new innovations and 5 carryovers from EDC1. Together, these innovations make up EDC2. EDC2 innovations include: programmatic agreements; locally administered federal-aid projects; three-dimensional engineered models for construction; intelligent compaction; accelerated bridge construction; design-build contracting; construction manager/general contractor; alternative technical concepts; high friction surface treatments; intersection and interchange geometrics; geospatial data collaboration; implementing quality environmental documentation; and national traffic incident management responder training. The new surface transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), encourages the widespread use of innovative technologies and practices and mentions by name several of the EDC initiatives.


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  • Accession Number: 01485631
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2013 1:21PM