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Bridging History: The Harford Road Bridge Project
Why ACTT, Executive Summary, and Workshop Details
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One of the major challenges many Departments of Transportation (DOTs) now face is keeping these parts - the States' roadways and communications systems - dynamic in light of aging infrastructure, increased congestion and limited transportation dollars.
These are the very issues the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) is dealing with on the Replacement of Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run project, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The $16 million project features the replacement of the existing Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run Park, which is in need of full replacement due to deteriorating superstructure. The original Bridge is a very unique three span concrete filled arch bridge. The design was patented at the time of construction, and it is important to all involved in the project to build a new structure that maintains the legacy and tradition of the original bridge. Because the Bridge is located on Harford Road, a major North - South gateway into and out of Baltimore City, and crosses a major Park and waterway used by thousands of pedestrians, cyclists, and athletes, disruptions must be kept to a minimum. With an active community park directly below the bridge, stakeholder buy-in and communication are essential to the project's success.
With this in mind, BCDOT approached the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) about hosting an Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer (ACTT) workshop for the Replacement of Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run project, Baltimore, Maryland. BCDOT is the first local public agency to conduct an ACTT workshop and has adopted the ACTT mindset and process for future projects.
Together, FHWA and BCDOT identified the following skill sets for the Harford Road Bridge workshop:
Each team focused on how the ACTT process applied to its area of expertise. The group as a whole searched for innovative ways to help BCDOT accelerate construction of the Harford Road Bridge project.
As the workshop progressed, each team summarized its thoughts and developed a list of priority recommendations. On the final day, each skill set team presented its suggestions to conference attendees. Now that the workshop is complete, BCDOT will evaluate the various recommendations and decide which ideas should be implemented as part of the project.
1. Workshop Details
1.1 Opening Session
The BCDOT ACTT replacement of Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run project workshop took place January 8-10, 2008. The workshop was held at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in Linthicum, Maryland.
Baltimore City DOT Director Al Foxx and Dan Sanayi welcomed the group. MD SHA Deputy Administrator Doug Rose was invited but was unable to attend. FHWA Innovative Contracting Engineer, Project Engineer and workshop moderator Jerry Blanding gave a presentation entitled ACTT - Building on Success. Participants introduced themselves and Whitman, Requardt & Associates (WR&A) Vice President Bill Geschrei provided a project overview. The group then departed on a tour of the project site.
Al Foxx and Jerry Blanding at the BCDOT ACTT Workshop.
1.2 Workshop Process
Skill Set team members brainstorm during the BCDOT ACTT workshop.
The BCDOT workshop followed the traditional ACTT process outlined in the "How to" Guide for State Highway Agencies. On Wednesday morning, the ACTT management team discussed the brainstorming process with workshop attendees. The skill set teams then broke apart to discuss the project and brainstorm preliminary ideas, reconvening before lunch to share initial thoughts. After lunch, the skill set teams continued their work, intermingling with other teams to ask questions and share ideas. The teams spent the remainder of the afternoon preparing final recommendations for presentation to the group on Thursday morning.
Workshop participants examine project plans.
1.3 Skill Set Goals
Participants in each skill set had an established group of goals that was unique to its subject area: