Michigan's Innovation Accomplishments

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The Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program acts as an incentive for eligible highway transportation agencies to assist in the implementation of innovative works. Below are Michigan's innovative accomplishments from 2014-2016. Included are MDOT and Local Public Agency (LPA) projects. 


For more information on MDOT's process and how to apply for the AID Grant Program, contact:

Jonathan Stratz, P.E.
Innovative Contracting Engineer


Aerial View of Construction of a Diverging Diamond Interchange

The above image shows an aerial view of the construction of a Diverging Dimaond Interchange, one of Michigan's 2015 innovations.


Innovation: Network Arch Superstructure

Project: MDOT 2nd Avenue Network Arch Superstructure Project (S01-82024: Second Ave over I-94) ($1,000,000)


Innovation: Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Project: Marine City Highway Bridge (Ira & Casco Townships) reconstruction using prefabricated bridge elements and systems, and ultra-high performance concrete ($626,935)

FY: 2017

Innovation: Two-Coat Polyaspartic Paint System and Pneumatic Pack Rust Removal 

Project: Michigan Two-Coat Polyaspartic Paint System Pneumatic Pack Rust Removal (B01-49023: US-2 over Cut River) ($1,000,000)

FY: 2016

Innovation: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Project: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will use pre-stressed concrete bulb tee beams utilizing Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) pre-stressing strands on M-86 over the Prairie River Bridge in St. Joseph County. MDOT expects the deployment of this innovation to demonstrate a structure that is safe for the motoring public, meets or exceeds user needs, requires minimal maintenance and provides a service life of 100 years or more. ($1,000,000)

Link to Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Project Page: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/mi16.cfm

FY: 2015

Innovation: Diverging Diamond Interchange 

Project: The project will modify the existing interchange at Interstate 96 (I-96) at Cascade Road to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) and provide significant operational and safety improvements. It will also include Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding due to the reduced congestion and improved operational capacity associated with the DDI. ($1,000,000)

Link to Diverging Diamond Interchange Project Page: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/mi15.cfm

FY: 2014

Innovation: Slide-In Bridge Construction 

Project: Originally built in the 1970's, the US-131 northbound and southbound bridges over 3 Mile Road will be widened with superstructure replacements utilizing 33" spread box beams and Slide-In-Bridge-Construction (SIBC). The US-131 corridor is a major north/south route connecting southwest Michigan to destinations in the northern parts of the State. This route experiences large weekend volumes, exceeding 40% of the average weekday volumes. The use of SIBC was chosen to significantly reduce these delays for the travelling public. This project is also using a CM/GC procurement method. ($1,000,000)

Link to Slide-In Bridge Construction https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/mi14.cfm


LPA Innovation: Warm Mix Asphalt, Hot Inplace Recycling 

Project: The Dickinson County Road Commission and the City of Kingsford are partnering to rehabilitate 4.5 miles of Pine Mountain Road/Westwood Avenue using 2 innovations - recycle in place and warm mix asphalt. The project goal is to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, improved quality and user satisfaction in a more environmental friendly way, all at a lower cost than traditional construction. The project Owners and Engineers hope this project brings new tools in this process to accelerate project delivery. ($697,008)

Link to Pine Mountain Rd / Westwood St Project Page: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/mi_dickinson14.cfm

To review other state accomplishments, please visit: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/stic/state_innovation.cfm


Content last updated: 04/14/2021