A Lead States Team is a group of individuals representing a consortium of like-minded transportation agencies, industry, and other professionals…
A Lead States Team is a group of individuals representing a consortium of like-minded transportation agencies, industry, and other professionals, each with focus technology experience or knowledge and a committment to supporting broad implementation of that focus technology.
Whenever new technologies or engineering procedures are introduced, there are always several state transportation agencies ahead of the pack in adopting these innovations. In numerous cases, the leading states played a role in developing the new technology and therefore gained a deeper understanding of the innovation and its advantages.
The effectiveness of forming lead states teams from representatives of these leading states, for the purpose of championing the new technologies, was demonstrated during implementation of Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) findings. The AII executive committee was quick to adopt a lead states team approach very similar to that used during SHRP implementation, and a team is formed for each new focus technology selected for nationwide championing.
Lead States Team Guidebook [PDF] was developed to assist lead states teams operating under the executive committee of the AASHTO Innovation Initiative (formerly the Technology Implementation Group). Guidance is included regarding lead states team responsibilities and activities from the time of team formation through the closeout report that concludes team responsibilities.