September 27, 2021
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The Federal Highway Administration plans to provide up to $10 million in grants from its Accelerated Innovation Deployment or AID demonstration program via a notice of funding opportunity issued on July 16.

[Above photo by Georgia Department of Transportation]

That program seeks to promote the deployment of “proven innovations” that can deliver road and bridge projects more cost-effectively among state, local and tribal governments.

Stephanie Pollack

“Using innovative tools and techniques requires creativity and investment,” noted Stephanie Pollack, FHWA’s acting administrator, in a statement. “These grants can help our partners access important resources to reduce the time and money needed to build and repair roads, bridges and highways, while improving safety and mobility.”

FHWA added that AID grants serve as “incentives” to help in any phase of eligible highway transportation projects – from planning and financing to engineering and construction. Eligible entities include state departments of transportation, federal lands management agencies, and tribal governments.

State DOTs may also apply on behalf of metropolitan planning organizations and local governments, the agency noted.

Since its creation in 2014, the AID demonstration program has awarded more than $86 million via 117 grants to accelerate the use of innovative practices and improve safety throughout the nation.

editor@aashto.org

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