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ACTT A "How To" Guide for State Highway Agencies

ACTT Now: Planning your ACTT Workshop

Selecting the Corridor

Typically, factors considered in the selection of ACTT projects include:

  • Is this project a candidate for major reconstruction and / or rehabilitation in the next 4-6 years?
  • Have the purpose and need been identified?
  • Is there an urgent need to accelerate construction?
  • Are the project limits or boundaries still fluid?
  • Is the team open to innovation and willing to consider and apply fresh concepts?

Setting Corridor Goals and Scope

Step 1: Identify the overall corridor goals and objectives, such as:

  • Year to begin and/or end construction
  • Reduced construction time (3 years as opposed to 6 years)
  • Decreased number of consultant contracts
  • Decreased number of construction contracts
  • Traffic flow (example: 45 mph vs. 3 lane minimum performance vs. method)
  • Reduced impact on major events
  • Improved safety and environmental enhancement

These goals will be revisited later. They are very broad at this stage: challenges to the teams. They are local goals meeting local needs.

Step 2: Determine specific customers, including the public, property owners, business owners, police, fire, other emergency services and the range of stakeholders - and their expectations.

Step 3: Describe how this corridor (project) would be built under "normal" circumstances; this assessment will serve as a control or baseline from which to measure results.

Step 4: Capture potential impacts under normal circumstances on the traveling public, businesses, the environment, development work, emergency services and other stakeholders.

Evaluating the Workshop Budget

Budgetary items may include:

Initial visits to the host State by ACMT members (1 or 2 team members; FHWA funding) to:

  • Identify appropriate skill sets (see Appendix C)
  • Discuss national participation
  • Develop workshop logistics and report roles/responsibilities
  • Establish workshop funding

Workshop Implementation (host State funding): The workshop may be conducted at a State DOT training center or a hotel.

Facility requirements include:

  • A room large enough for the entire group for the entire workshop. Total group size depends on the number of skill sets invited. Typically, 2 or 3 national participants team up with 2 or 3 local participants for each skill set. National participation may be more reinforced in certain skill sets, depending on agency needs
  • Smaller breakout rooms (1 per skill set) for the second day
  • AV equipment
  • Workshop supplies (flip charts, markers, tape, etc.)
  • One laptop and projector for the main room, one portable printer for the main room, and one laptop per skill set
  • Catering of food and beverages for one evening reception, two continental breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner, and three breaks (may be hosted by local industry or others)
  • Registration booth and registration package including name tags, workshop agenda, project information, list of attendees, etc.
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Updated: 10/31/2013
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