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Federal Highway Administration Launches Grant Program to Improve Highways

New York, Mar 06, 2007

In an effort to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and innovations that will improve the nation’s highways, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award multiple grants in support of the Highways for LIFE (HfL) Technology Partnership Program.

The HfL program promotes the use of performance standards, state-of-the-art technologies, and new business practices that result in improved safety, quality and user satisfaction, faster construction, and reduced congestion from work zones.

The FHWA will fund promising innovations that have been developed to the prototype stage and require further development, testing and evaluation prior to real-world implementation. Applicable areas include: specifications, methodologies, practices and procedures, as well as technologies, materials, and equipment used in the financing, design or construction of highways or bridges. The innovation must make a significant contribution to improving project and/or work zone safety (including worker or user safety), reducing construction congestion, accelerating construction or improving quality.

The FHWA will confer as many as twelve awards at the $200,000 funding level and three awards at the $500,000 level. The competition is open to all non-profit and for-profit organizations except state and local governments and institutions of higher education. Applications may be submitted through April 16, 2007.

For more information on eligibility requirements, or to submit a grant application, please click here.

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