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Pennsylvania creating innovative transportation jobs

Posted on August 9, 2016

Pennsylvania is busy creating unique transportation jobs.

“For many years, Pennsylvania has inspired other states with their transportation innovations,” said Deputy Secretary Mendez. “The PennDOT team is saving lives, saving time and saving money on roads throughout the state, and motivating other states to do the same.”

Many of the innovations were pioneered and promoted by FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” (EDC) initiative, a national effort created in 2009 to inspire the use of proven, market-ready innovations. When Congress passed the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” last year, it included language to make Every Day Counts a permanent part of the Federal-aid highway program to ensure FHWA continues to further deploy new business practices and construction technologies while promoting a culture of innovation within the highway community.

Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau applauded PennDOT for using “Safety Edge” – a paving technique that bevels the edge of roads and highways, making vehicles less susceptible to road-departure crashes – on more than 500 miles of roads. He also highlighted the state’s use of “high-friction surface treatments” – a low-cost method of making curves and intersections at more than 200 high-risk crash locations safer. These safety innovations, among others, have helped to reduce fatal roadway departure crashes in Pennsylvania by 12 percent since 2010.

Mendez and Nadeau also praised Pennsylvania’s use of “warm mix asphalt,” a specially treated material that can be used in colder weather, which lengthens the construction season and allows more repair work to take place each year. PennDOT used warm mix asphalt on 37 percent of its paving projects in 2014 and nearly half of all paving projects last year.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce crashes is to ensure that safety features are built in to the roads,” said Administrator Nadeau. “PennDOT is proving to the nation just how effective these low-cost elements can be in protecting drivers.”

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