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General: Major Projects Report to Congress 2008

Report to: Committee on Appropriations

As requested by: House of Representatives Report 106-622 Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2001

Annual Summary of Major Projects (FY 2008)

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Major Projects Team
Reports and Assessments for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, as of October 1, 2008

The Major Projects Team is assisting the FHWA Divisions with stewardship and oversight activities for 69 major projects (each with a total cost greater than $500 million) and 3 Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998 (TIFIA) projects (each with a total cost less than $500 million).

The following major projects were completed in FY 2008:

  • SR 210/Foothill Freeway, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, CA
  • I-95/I-395/I-495 Springfield Interchange, Springfield, VA
  • SR 125 South Toll Road (also known as: South Bay Expressway), San Diego, CA
  • 183-A Turnpike, Austin, TX

The Major Projects Team continued to track cost estimates and scheduled completion dates for 28 major projects that have Financial Plans. Currently 22, or 79 percent of the projects, are within 2 percent of the previous year budgets and 24, or 86 percent of the projects, are within 2 percent of the previous year's scheduled completion dates.

The Initial Financial Plans for the following major projects were reviewed for acceptance concurrently with the applicable FHWA Division Offices.

  • SR 905, San Diego County, CA
  • BART Earthquake Safety Program, San Francisco, CA
  • SR 52, Santee, CA
  • I-465 West Leg Reconstruction (Accelerate 465), Indianapolis, IN
  • Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvements, Council Bluffs, IA/Omaha
  • Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, Louisville, KY/IN
  • Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190), Dallas, TX
  • State Highway 130, Segments 5 & 6, Austin/San Antonio, TX

The Financial Plan Annual Updates for the following major projects were reviewed for acceptance concurrently with the applicable FHWA Division Offices.

  • I-75 Design/Build/Finance (iROX75), Tampa, FL
  • I-10 Twin Span Structures, Slidell, LA
  • I-64, from Spoede Road to Sarah Street, St. Louis County and St. Louis City, MO
  • Central Texas Turnpike, Austin, TX
  • I-10/Katy Freeway, Houston, TX
  • I-95/Woodrow Wilson Bridge, VA/MD/DC
  • I-43/I-94/I-794 Marquette Interchange, Milwaukee, WI

The Major Projects Team continued coordinating the project management certificate program with the FHWA Human Resources Office to train current and potential major project oversight managers in the FHWA Division Offices. As of the end of FY 2008, 56 FHWA employees have received their Associate Certificates.

The Major Projects Team staffed an exhibit booth at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington, DC. Displays of existing major projects and the latest guidance for the management of major projects were available.

The Major Projects Team and the National Highway Institute completed the development of a 2-day National Highway Institute Course called "Addressing Uncertainty in Cost Estimating."

The Major Projects Team provided software to the Texas and Florida Division Offices for use in risk-based probabilistic cost reviews for major projects.

Risk-based probabilistic cost reviews were conducted for the following projects:

  • Doyle Drive, Route 101, San Francisco, CA
  • I-15 Managed Lanes, San Diego, CA
  • 11th Street Bridge, Washington, DC
  • US 301 Project, DE/MD Line to SR 1, Middletown, DE
  • US 281 North Project, San Antonio, TX
  • Montgomery IR 75 Reconstruction Project, Dayton, OH
  • Marin-Sonoma Narrows, Sonoma County, CA
  • Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190), Dallas, TX
  • I-465 West Leg Reconstruction (Accelerate 465), Indianapolis, IN
  • US 41 Corridor Project, Brown and Winnebago Counties, WI
  • I-10 HOV Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kozciusko Bridge, New York City, NY
  • Port of Miami Tunnel, Miami, FL
  • I-215 San Bernardino North Corridor Project, San Bernardino, CA
  • I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt, Columbus, OH
  • Loop 12/State Highway 35E Corridor, Dallas, TX
  • I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening and High Occupancy Vehicle Improvements (EA 07-120300), Los Angeles, CA
  • Powers Boulevard Corridor, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Capital Beltway high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, Fairfax County, VA

A status report was presented to then FHWA Administrator Capka for the following major projects:

  • Beltway and I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes, Virginia FHWA Division Office
  • I-95/New Haven Harbor Crossing, Connecticut FHWA Division Office

These status reports were made available to all FHWA Division Offices through videoconferencing.

A member of the Major Projects Team continued to participate as Secretary on the AASHTO Technical Committee on Cost Estimating.

The Major Projects Team delivered Financial Plan training for the California Division Office and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The Major Projects Team received and accepted Lessons Learned reports from the following projects:

  • I-95/Woodrow Wilson Bridge, VA/MD/DC
  • Alaska Way Viaduct & Seawall Replacement Program, AK

A listing of the status of all current active major projects is attached.