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1 William Lohr, P.E Federal Highway Administration Minnesota Division Office

2 Every Day Counts A Toolkit for Shortening Project Delivery The toolkit is developed to guide and support State and local agencies in the use of underutilized flexibilities in the law Aids in development of processes and agreements that minimize duplication of effort and reduce delays in project implementation

3 Project Delivery Opportunities for EDC Planning NEPA Right of Way (ROW) & Utilities Design Construction

4 Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) Planning NEPAROW / UtilitiesDesign / Construction PEL provides transportation agencies with tools and resources that introduce environmental considerations early in planning and support carrying planning analyses and decisions into the NEPA process. Benefits: Seamless decision–making process Minimizes duplication of effort Promotes environmental stewardship Reduces delays in project implementation

5 Expanding Use of Programmatic Agreements Planning NEPA ROW / UtilitiesDesign / Construction Expansion of new and existing programmatic agreements to a regional or national level will establish a streamlined process for handling routine environmental requirements for commonly encountered project types. Benefits: Improved project decision-making Reduction in project delivery times (process streamlining). Mechanism to save and focus staff time.

6 In-Lieu Fees & Mitigation Banking Planning NEPA Increased usage of banking and in-lieu fee programs rather than project-by-project mitigation will expedite highway project delivery. Benefits: Creates a more streamlined and concurrent process Improves and expedites project delivery Reduce the need for piece-meal, project-by-project mitigation Expedited regulatory review and permit processing Design / ConstructionROW / Utilities

7 Enhanced Technical Assistance Planning NEPA FHWA will demonstrate the effectiveness of these key streamlining measures on a small number of select active EIS projects facing challenges with ongoing environmental issues and/or interagency coordination and other concerns that are effecting (or have the potential to effect) the timely completion of the project development process. Benefits: Identification and implementation of solutions to resolve reasons for delay. Facilitates interagency coordination and collaboration Design / ConstructionROW / Utilities

8 Flexibilities in Right of Way Evaluation, clarification and demonstration of the available flexibilities already existing in FHWAs current project delivery ROW processes and policies. Benefits: Improved project decision-making Reduction in project delivery times Cost containment PlanningNEPADesign / Construction ROW / Utilities

9 Flexibilities in Utility Relocation The initiative will spotlight existing flexibilities currently in place under Federal law and regulations and describe techniques that foster effective utility coordination during project development which warrant more widespread use. Benefits: Improved communication, coordination and cooperation; Collaborative decisions to accommodate or relocate utilities; Shared risk, gains and costs; Increased owner control; and Reductions in project development, construction time and project costs. PlanningNEPADesign / Construction ROW / Utilities

10 Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC) CM/GC occupies the middle ground between the traditional (DBB) and (DB). CM/GC provides for project acceleration by allowing the owner to contract with a construction manager early in the design process and agree to a negotiated price for construction later before the design is complete. Benefits: Reduces Costs No compromise on quality Enhances potential for creativity PlanningNEPA Design / Construction ROW / Utilities

11 Design Build With DB project delivery, the designer-builder assumes responsibility for the majority of the design work and all construction activities. This provides the designer-builder with increased flexibility to be innovative, along with greater responsibility and risk. Benefits: Considerable time savings over the traditional process of Design-Bid-Build (DBB) Allows design to be tailored to contractors resources Allows quality evaluation factors and best-value selection criteria when selecting contractors PlanningNEPA Design / Construction ROW / Utilities

12 Accelerating Technology and Innovation Every Day Counts is not about inventing the next "big thing It's about taking effective, proven and market-ready technologies and getting them into widespread use By advancing 21 st century solutions, we can improve safety, reduce congestion and keep America moving

13 Warm Mix Asphalt Allows a reduction in asphalt mixture production & placement temperatures Benefits: Provides better compaction Provides better compaction Improves pavement performance Improves pavement performance Reduce worker fatigue Reduce worker fatigue Reduces fossil fuel consumption Reduces fossil fuel consumption Reduces CO 2 e & other emissions Reduces CO 2 e & other emissions Extend paving season Extend paving season Allows for longer hauling distances Allows for longer hauling distances

14 Prefabricated Bridge Elements & Systems Prefabricated bridge elements and systems manufactured on-site or off-site, under controlled conditions, and brought to the job location ready to install Benefits: Reduces onsite construction time Minimizes traffic disruption – months to days Improves construction zone safety Improved product quality – controlled environment, cure times, easier access, etc. constructability of bridge designs Reduces environmental impact

15 Fast, cost-effective bridge support method using alternating layers of compacted fill and layers of geosynthetic reinforcement to provide bridge support. Lots of Benefits: Eliminates approach slab or construction joint at the bridge-to-road interface Reduced construction time (Complete in days!) Less dependent on weather conditions Flexible design – easily modified for unforeseen site conditions Built with common equipment and materials Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil

16 Sloped pavement edge at a 30º angle which allows drivers a more controlled re-entry back onto the roadway after tire drop-off Benefits: Reduces crashes due to edge drop-off and uncontrolled recovery Minimal cost (less than 1% on 2-lane highway) Consolidated edge reduces edge raveling, increases durability Safety Edge

17 ACS measures traffic flow and adjusts signal timing to promote smooth flow of traffic along arterial streets Benefits: ACS improves travel time reliability, reduces congestion, and smoothes traffic flow Increases long-term viability of traffic signal operations Widely deployable & uses existing control equipment Adaptive Signal Control


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