23 USC 503 - Technology deployment

(a) Technology Deployment Program.— 

(1) Establishment.— 
The Secretary shall develop and administer a national technology deployment program.
(2) Purpose.— 
The purpose of the program shall be to significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community.
(3) Deployment goals.— 


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(A) Establishment.— 
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish not more than 5 deployment goals to carry out paragraph (1).
(B) Design.— 
Each of the goals and the program developed to achieve the goals shall be designed to provide tangible benefits, with respect to transportation systems, in the areas of efficiency, safety, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability.
(C) Strategies for achievement.— 
For each goal, the Secretary, in cooperation with representatives of the transportation community such as States, local governments, the private sector, and academia, shall use domestic and international technology to develop strategies and initiatives to achieve the goal, including technical assistance in deploying technology and mechanisms for sharing information among program participants.
(4) Integration with other programs.— 
The Secretary shall integrate activities carried out under this subsection with the efforts of the Secretary to disseminate the results of research sponsored by the Secretary and to facilitate technology transfer.
(5) Leveraging of federal resources.— 
In selecting projects to be carried out under this subsection, the Secretary shall give preference to projects that leverage Federal funds with other significant public or private resources.
(6) Continuation of shrp partnerships.— 
Under the program, the Secretary shall continue the partnerships established through the strategic highway research program established under section 307 (d) (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this section).
(7) Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.— 

(A) In general.— 
Under the program, the Secretary may make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements and contracts with, States, other Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations to pay the Federal share of the cost of research, development, and technology transfer activities concerning innovative materials.
(B) Applications.— 
To receive a grant under this subsection, an entity described in subparagraph (A) shall submit an application to the Secretary. The application shall be in such form and contain such information as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall select and approve an application based on whether the project that is the subject of the grant meets the purpose of the program described in paragraph (2).
(8) Technology and information transfer.— 
The Secretary shall ensure that the information and technology resulting from research conducted under paragraph (7) is made available to State and local transportation departments and other interested parties as specified by the Secretary.

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(9) Allocation.— 
To the extent appropriate to achieve the goals established under paragraph (3), the Secretary may further allocate funds made available to carry out this section to States for their use.
(b) Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program.— 

(1) In general.— 
The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program to promote, demonstrate, evaluate, and document the application of innovative designs, materials, and construction methods in the construction, repair, and rehabilitation of bridges and other highway structures.
(2) Goals.— 
The goals of the program shall include
(A) the development of new, cost-effective, innovative highway bridge applications;
(B) the development of construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion;
(C) the development of engineering design criteria for innovative products, materials, and structural systems for use in highway bridges and structures;
(D) the reduction of maintenance costs and life-cycle costs of bridges, including the costs of new construction, replacement, or rehabilitation of deficient bridges;
(E) the development of highway bridges and structures that will withstand natural disasters;
(F) the documentation and wide dissemination of objective evaluations of the performance and benefits of these innovative designs, materials, and construction methods;
(G) the effective transfer of resulting information and technology; and
(H) the development of improved methods to detect bridge scour and economical bridge foundation designs that will withstand bridge scour.
(3) Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.— 

(A) In general.— 
Under the program, the Secretary shall make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements and contracts with
(i) States, other Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations to pay the Federal share of the cost of research, development, and technology transfer concerning innovative materials; and
(ii) States to pay the Federal share of the cost of repair, rehabilitation, replacement, and new construction of bridges or structures that demonstrate the application of innovative materials.
(B) Applications.— 
To receive a grant under this subsection, an entity described in subparagraph (A) shall submit an application to the Secretary. The application shall be in such form and contain such information as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall select and approve the applications based on whether the project that is the subject of the grant meets the goals of the program described in paragraph (2).
(4) Technology and information transfer.— 
The Secretary shall take such action as is necessary to ensure that the information and technology resulting from research conducted under paragraph (3) is made available to State and local transportation departments and other interested parties as specified by the Secretary.
(5) Federal share.— 
The Federal share of the cost of a project under this section shall be determined by the Secretary.
(c) Innovative Pavement Research and Deployment Program.— 

(1) In general.— 
The Secretary shall establish and implement a program to promote, demonstrate, support, and document the application of innovative pavement technologies, practices, performance, and benefits.
(2) Goals.— 
The goals of the innovative pavement research and deployment program shall include
(A) the deployment of new, cost-effective, innovative designs, materials, recycled materials (including taconite tailings and foundry sand), and practices to extend pavement life and performance and to improve customer satisfaction;
(B) the reduction of initial costs and life-cycle costs of pavements, including the costs of new construction, replacement, maintenance, and rehabilitation;
(C) the deployment of accelerated construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic disruption and congestion;
(D) the deployment of engineering design criteria and specifications for innovative practices, products, and materials for use in highway pavements;
(E) the deployment of new nondestructive and real-time pavement evaluation technologies and techniques;
(F) the evaluation, refinement, and documentation of the performance and benefits of innovative technologies deployed to improve life, performance, cost effectiveness, safety, and customer satisfaction;
(G) effective technology transfer and information dissemination to accelerate implementation of innovative technologies and to improve life, performance, cost effectiveness, safety, and customer satisfaction; and
(H) the development of designs and materials to reduce storm water runoff.
(3) Research to improve nhs pavement.— 
The Secretary shall obligate for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2009 from funds made available to carry out this subsection, $4,100,000 to conduct research to improve asphalt pavement, $4,100,000 to conduct research to improve concrete pavement, $4,100,000 to conduct research to improve alternative materials used in highways (including alternative materials used in highway drainage applications), and $2,450,000 to conduct research to improve aggregates used in highways on the National Highway System.
(d) Safety Innovation Deployment Program.— 

(1) In general.— 
The Secretary shall establish and implement a program to demonstrate the application of innovative technologies in highway safety.
(2) Goals.— 
The goals of the program shall include
(A) the deployment and evaluation of safety technologies and innovations at State and local levels; and
(B) the deployment of best practices in training, management, design, and planning.
(3) Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.— 

(A) In general.— 
Under the program, the Secretary shall make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements and contracts with, States, other Federal agencies, universities and colleges, private sector entities, and nonprofit organizations for research, development, and technology transfer for innovative safety technologies.
(B) Applications.— 
To receive a grant under this subsection, an entity described in subparagraph (A) shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time and containing such information as the Secretary may require. The Secretary shall select and approve an application based on whether the project that is the subject of the application meets the goals of the program described in paragraph (2).
(4) Technology and information transfer.— 
The Secretary shall take such action as is necessary to ensure that the information and technology resulting from research conducted under paragraph (3) is made available to State and local transportation departments and other interested parties as specified by the Secretary.
(e) Promotional Authority.— 
Funds authorized to be appropriated for necessary expenses for administration and operation of the Federal Highway Administration shall be available to purchase promotional items of nominal value for use in the recruitment of individuals and to promote the programs of the Federal Highway Administration.