ACTT Workshop: Louisiana
December 15-17, 2003, West Monroe, Louisiana
Chapter 4: Next Steps
Since the ACTT workshop, the District has centered on several major concepts presented by the groups:
- Due to the limited funding available for bridge rehabilitation, the ability to extend the project does not appear to be a viable issue. The project identified is of the utmost importance and should not be forestalled. However, the future rehabilitation of the 1980 overlay section could encompass the remaining original areas of the elevated section with varied rehabilitation treatments proposed by the materials group.
- The surrounding projects having an impact on the area will be monitored and allowed to meet completion dates prior to Interstate work. Conflicting projects scheduled during the anticipated Interstate rehabilitation will be delayed until normal traffic patterns are reestablished on the mainline.
- Use of Department guidelines on Incentive/Disincentive will be incorporated into the contract proposal. The use of law enforcement personnel for traffic control and available ITS technology will be integrated into the project.
- Possible detour routing utilizing full bridge closure is being determined by the Design Section. To expedite deck overlay, the use of LMC-VE with 1-1/2 inch hydro-demolition has been selected.
4.1 Closing Commentary
The impacts of S.P. 451-06-0121 will be as significant to the Monroe area as other projects selected for an ACTT workshop of perhaps a more grand scale. Loss of the I-20 elevated structure would have national importance, as the detour routing would result in hours of delay to Interstate traffic across the Dallas-Atlanta corridor. Most of the workshop participants had not been introduced to the project's constraints and expectations until Monday afternoon. The Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer Workshop allowed the "observers" to examine the project through the "active" participants' impartial and unbiased analysis. The broad cross section of skills and experience brought into the process exposed materials, methods, and ideas that are not only solutions to the project in focus, but may now be shared by all workshop members with their own organizations. The strategies generated by the workshop validated some original design concepts while providing new direction for others. The District's Design personnel are now at work to produce final plans, which have been enhanced by the ACTT process.
The District thanks Bill Farr with the FHWA Louisiana Division Office for his efforts in securing the ACTT workshop for the I-20 project. Through Farr's coordination and the "hands-on" attention to the details by Don Tolar in the Monroe District, the "mini-workshop" was successful and enjoyable to all participants.