Pa. transportation council wins national award for innovation

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Updated Nov 15, 2017

Pennsylvania Welcome SignThe Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council has received a national award for its efforts to train local governments on new ways to improve road networks.

The 2017 STIC Excellence Award is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Innovation Initiative and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center of Accelerating Innovation.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the PA STIC has helped PennDOT advance several successful innovations, such as adaptive signal control technology, high-friction surface treatment, accelerated bridge construction methods, ultra-high performance concrete and warm mix asphalt.

The PA STIC has taken the following actions, according to a PennDOT news release:

  • Worked with local governments to train over 600 participants on winter road-maintenance techniques.
  • Conducted demonstrations for local governments on the effectiveness of new road technologies and products.
  • Launched an outreach campaign on the top transportation issues facing local governments.
  • Hosted a Local Government Safety Seminar to help local officials and transportation planners identify high-crash areas and safety measures.

The PA STIC consists of state and federal agencies, local governments, research organizations and industry partners.