Seven states and National Park Service receive funds to rush innovation

Seven states and National Park Service receive funds to rush innovation.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded seven states as well as the National Park Service with $7.1 million to further projects in the states and parks.

The funds were taken from the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program, which is part of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The finances will be used to fund nine AID projects located in Kansas, Florida, New Hampshire, Montana, Wisconsin, Washington, Rhode Island and the National Park Service. The goal is to develop innovative traffic safety improvements that can be used across the U.S.

“Innovation requires creative thinking and investment,” Foxx said. “These state DOTs, along with the National Park Service, are building roads and bridges that are saving time, money, and lives. Now it’s up to Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill so that states have the resources to continue delivering better, more innovative infrastructure.”

A report titled “Beyond Traffic,” which was released earlier in 2015 by USDOT, was used to address the transforming transportation environment. The report evaluates the choices and trends in U.S. transportation infrastructure for the next 30 years. Transportation leaders are striving to address those challenges before they occur.

“This country’s transportation needs continue to grow, and we need to adapt our infrastructure accordingly, by accelerating the use of new technologies and approaches,” Federal Highway Acting Administrator Gregory Nadeau said.

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