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§ 503. —  Technology deployment program.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 23USC503]

                           TITLE 23--HIGHWAYS
Sec. 503. Technology deployment

    (a) Technology Deployment Initiatives and Partnerships Program.--
        (1) Establishment.--The Secretary shall develop and administer a 
    national technology deployment initiatives and partnerships 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.--
            (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 

        (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 
        (7) Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.--Under the 
    program, the Secretary may make grants and enter into cooperative 
    agreements and contracts to foster alliances and support efforts to 
    stimulate advances in transportation technology, including--
            (A) the testing and evaluation of products of the strategic 
        highway research program;
            (B) the further development and implementation of technology 
        in areas such as the Superpave system and the use of lithium 
        salts and other alternatives to prevent and mitigate alkali 
        silica reactivity;
            (C) the provision of support for long-term pavement 
        performance product implementation and technology access; and
            (D) other activities to achieve the goals established under 
        paragraph (3).

        (8) Reports.--Not later than 18 months after the date of 
    enactment of this section, and biennially thereafter, the Secretary 
    shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the 
    Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the 
    House of Representatives a report on the progress and results of 
    activities carried out under this section.
        (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 

    (b) Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program.--
        (1) In general.--The Secretary shall establish and carry out a 
    program to demonstrate the application of innovative material 
    technology in the construction of bridges and other structures.
        (2) Goals.--The goals of the program shall include--
            (A) the development of new, cost-effective innovative 
        material highway bridge applications;
            (B) the reduction of maintenance costs and life-cycle costs 
        of bridges, including the costs of new construction, 
        replacement, or rehabilitation of deficient bridges;
            (C) the development of construction techniques to increase 
        safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion;
            (D) the development of engineering design criteria for 
        innovative products and materials for use in highway bridges and 
            (E) the development of cost-effective and innovative 
        techniques to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 
        railroad traffic;
            (F) the development of highway bridges and structures that 
        will withstand natural disasters, including alternative 
        processes for the seismic retrofit of bridges; and
            (G) the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation 
        technologies and techniques.

        (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 
                (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.

(Added Pub. L. 105-178, title V, Sec. 5103, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 

                       References in Text

    The date of enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. 
(a)(3)(A), (6), (8), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 105-178, which 
was approved June 9, 1998.

                            Prior Provisions

    A prior section 503, added Pub. L. 90-495, Sec. 30, Aug. 23, 1968, 
82 Stat. 831, related to administration of highway relocation assistance 
program, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 91-646, title II, Sec. 220(a)(10), 
Jan. 2, 1971, 84 Stat. 1903.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in title 49 section 5505.