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Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 17,2017

SHRP2 Expediting Project Delivery Peer Exchange: Section 106 Programmatic Agreements -
What Works/What Doesn’t/Lessons Learned

FHWA sponsored a Peer Exchange at the ADC50 mid-year meeting on July 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Section 106 Programmatic Agreements. The Peer Exchange featured a facilitated discussion with an eight-member panel that addressed the relationship-building between State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), and FHWA in developing and implementing Programmatic Agreements for Section 106. These agreements ensure compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and ensure predictable, expedited project delivery that saves time and money. Panelists included representatives from the Minnesota DOT and Minnesota SHPO, Delaware DOT and Delaware SHPO, Washington DOT and Washington SHPO, Illinois SHPO, and FHWA Maine Division. Moderators included 3 representatives from FHWA Headquarters and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Approximately 60 people attended the Peer Exchange. The Section 106 Peer Exchange was done as part of the SHRP2 C19 Expediting Project Delivery product. This event was the first step in an effort to increase communication between FHWA, the ACHP, State DOTs, and SHPOs to determine needs from field practitioners. Next steps include targeted outreach and technical assistance on Section 106 Programmatic Agreements. View a summary of the event.

For more information, please contact David Clarke.

ADC50 Mid-Year Meeting participants
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Des Moines, Iowa

July 16-20, 2017

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MassDOT’s GIS-driven Project Initiation and Screening Tool

Michael Bolduc, MassDOT Planner/GIS Specialist

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) developed the MassDOT Project Intake Tool (MaPIT) to improve collaboration during planning, specifically by developing better scopes of work, more accurate construction estimates, enhanced early environmental coordination, and more streamlined permitting.

The development of this product was the result of MassDOT selecting the following four Expediting Project Delivery strategies to implement for their planning program.

  • Strategy 8 - Expedited Internal Review and Decision Making
  • Strategy 14 - Planning and Environmental Linkages
  • Strategy 15 - Planning-Level Environmental Screening Criteria
  • Strategy 19 - Regional Environmental Analysis Framework

A presentation PDF file is available upon request.

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Spokane, Washington

June 11-17, 2017

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Accelerated Bridge Program - SHRP2 C19 Expediting Project Delivery

Wayne B. Symonds, PE, VTrans Deputy Chief Engineer

Presentation describes VTrans Accelerated Bridge Program and how it implemented five of the SHRP2 C19 strategies:

  • Strategy 3: Context Sensitive Design Solutions
  • Strategy 8: Expediting Internal Review and Decision Making
  • Strategy 10: Highly Responsive Public Engagement
  • Strategy 21: Strategic Oversight and Readiness Assessment
  • Strategy 22: Team Co-Location

Delivery program has resulted in 100% of new bridges opening on time, 40% savings in engineering costs, 70-75% savings in resource demands, and 18% construction savings based on 37 new projects. And, public responses indicate 75-85% of respondents were very satisfied with the projects.

A presentation PDF file is available upon request.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

July 19, 2016

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Joint Meeting of the TRB Committees ADC10, ADC30, and ADC50

Moderated by Kate Kurgan, AASHTO, and Damaris Santiago, FHWA

Two sequential sessions were held to showcase the results of six Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Expediting Project Delivery (C19) products. Each project funded with Expediting Project Delivery Implementation Assistant Program funds was planned to implement one or more of the identified 24 strategies of this SHRP2 product that address 16 common constraints, and improve the transportation delivery process for their agency.

Maricopa Association of Governments – Anubhav Bagley
The development of an Intermountain West Region GIS tool to share information and data across a broad geographic area to aid transportation, land use planning and economic development.

Arizona Department of Transportation – Marinela Konomi
Adoption of program management protocols that implement efficient delivery of the Local Public Agency Federal-aid Highway Program.

Vermont Agency of Transportation – Jennifer Fitch & Aaron Guyette
Development of new program management protocols for an Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), supported by an internal review by a number of departments, peer exchanges with New York, Massachusetts and Maine Departments of Transportation, and interviews with customers and stakeholders.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation – Jose Simo
Integration of MassDOT’s Roads & Highways GIS system, developing new data filtering tools, reworking map elements, adding new data, and more.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department – Elisha Wright-Kehner
Development of a process for project delivery that results in fewer project delays, better decisions, and potentially lower project costs.

Florida Department of Transportation – Steve Braun
Implementing streamlining recommendations to develop enhanced schedule templates, identified certain activities to occur prior to PD&E, and options to advance purchase mitigation sites.

A presentation PDF file is available upon request.