§ 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]
CHAPTER 5--RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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.