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ACTT A "How To" Guide for State Highway Agencies


Appendix E. ACTT History

In 1996, the Transportation Research Board recommended in Special Report 249 that a strategic forum be created to promote accelerated innovation in highway industry, TRB Task Force AFH35T (formerly A5T60) was formed with the objective to:

  • Facilitate removal of barriers to innovation;
  • Advocate continuous quality improvement and positive change;
  • Enhance safety and mobility;
  • Encourage the development of strategies that generate beneficial change; and
  • Create a framework for informed consideration of innovation.

Fully supporting the mission and objectives, the Federal Highway Administration and AASHTO's Technology Implementation Group (TIG) joined the Task Force in an outreach effort, which resulted in the formation of a national resource pool known as the "Skill Sets Council." The Council has expanded to include nearly 200 recognized transportation professionals representing State departments of transportation, FHWA, the private sector, industry, and academe.

The multidiscipline Council consists of skill sets with expertise in areas like innovative financing/innovative contracting, long-life pavements, environment, right of way, utilities, traffic, ITS technology, safety, construction, geotechnical, structures, geometrics, and public relations. The skill set team leaders are critical in forming and maintaining a quality national team for each workshop, considering factors like scope of work, host agencies resource needs and individuals' specialty areas. After the successful completion of two ACTT pilot workshops (Indiana and Pennsylvania) in 2002, AFH35T transferred the concept to TIG and the FHWA to continue the effort by conducting future workshops.

AASHTO and the FHWA joined forces to form the ACTT Management Team, which delivered the ACTT work plan to the field on April 9, 2003 and partnered with the FHWA division offices and State DOTs as the momentum of workshops surged.

ACTT workshops have been project-specific and have focused on single highway project or multiple projects along the same corridor. ACTT projects have varied in size from $1 million to more than $2.5 billion. Most workshops have helped reduce construction time by 30 percent or more. While some of the workshop recommendations have been project specific, a large portion could potentially be applied to future projects. The ACTT Management Team has captured all workshop results and made them available electronically at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/accelerated/.

ACTT has emerged as a viable tool available to transportation agencies as they strive to address taxpayers' chief complaints of work zone congestion and excessive construction time. The concept is implemented through workshops that team up national transportation professionals with their local colleagues to help host agency meet its project goals. National participants are drawn from the Skill Sets Council resource pool. For each workshop, appropriate skill sets have been carefully selected based on project and host agency's needs. Two or three participants per skill set have represented the national team, on average.

The primary objective of the ACTT founders (TRB, AASHTO, FHWA) was to conduct a limited number of workshops to showcase the process and demonstrate its benefits to help promote accelerated construction concepts.

The 2005 transfer of initiative for the ACTT process to owner agencies was designed to encourage the adoption of ACTT in the project development phase as standard practice, so that it could be routinely implemented whenever and wherever appropriate.

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