The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), local public agencies and tribal transportation agencies own and maintain the surface transportation system in Alaska and make key decisions on how to deliver projects, and how best to employ techniques and technologies in its operation and safety.
The State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) brings together stakeholders that represent public policy and market forces to lead innovation in Alaska’s transportation program. The STIC provides multistakeholder leadership to perpetuate the deployment of innovation in Alaska. The STIC serves as a forum for initiating and overseeing the rapid deployment of innovative strategies into routine practice to accelerate transportation project delivery and enhance project quality and effectiveness.
You can learn more from FHWA's STIC website and the Alaska STIC Charter:
The STIC will be accepting applications for the 2022 Innovation Incentive program for Alaska until March 31, 2022. For more detailed information about the STIC grant process click on the following link, which includes an application.
FY22 Applications now available
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established the Experimental Features Program in order to encourage innovations in state highway design and construction. Experimental features are eligible for federal funding participation, which is normally limited to more proven and conventional items. If an experimental feature fails prematurely, the FHWA will financially participate for its repair or replacement.
There are two criteria necessary for an innovation to qualify as an "experimental feature".
The FHWA Federal Aid Highway Program Manual describes an experimental feature as a material, process, method, equipment item, traffic operational device, or other feature that:
The time to think about an experimental feature program is in the project planning stage. If you have a good idea please contact Research staff in your region or the Research Manager:
For more information about the experimental feature program:
EDC is a State-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and integrate automation. Proven innovations promoted through EDC facilitate greater efficiency at the State and local levels, saving time, money and resources that can be used to deliver more projects. EDC is Innovation for a Nation on the Move.
FHWA works with State transportation departments, local governments, tribes, private industry and other stakeholders to identify a new collection of innovations to champion every two years that merit accelerated deployment.
Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group, the AASHTO Innovation Initiative advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer. The program actively seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology, investing time and money to accelerate their adoption by agencies nationwide.
Each year, the program selects highly valuable technologies, processes, software, or other innovations that have been adopted by at least one agency, are proven in use, and will be of significant benefit to other agencies.
The CAV Working Group was established in January, 2020 to foster a collaborative, statewide planning effort for the purpose of preparing the State of Alaska for the use of Connected and Autonomous vehicles in Alaska.
Industry leaders and transportation stakeholders meet quarterly to review the state of the practice as it related to Alaska's transportation system.
CAV's introductory use in Alaska is considered at all levels of state and local government and throughout the private and non-profit sector to ensure smart, efficient investment in Alaska's highway infrastructure. More information can be found in 2021 Strategic Plan