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Partnering for Innovation
US 421/I-40 Business in Winston-Salem

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Workshop report cover
  1. Workshop Details
  2. Project Details
  3. Skill Set Recommendations
  4. Conclusions

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Department of Transportation - State of North Carolina



  • ACTT provides a fresh outlook by bringing national experts to your planning table.
  • ACTT introduces innovations that have been tested elsewhere.
  • ACTT saves time: according to FHWA's ACTT II report, published in March 2005, "most agencies have found ways to slice construction time by 30 percent or more."
  • ACTT saves money: ACTT suggestions enabled New Jersey to reduce its budget for the Route 46 bridge project from $10 million to $7.2 million.
  • ACTT works for you and your customer!

How Do I ACTT?

  • Select a corridor: ACTT is most helpful when applied during the project development phase.
  • Make a workshop proposal to ACTT team members, and submit a copy of your proposal to the FHWA Division Office. Include details on the project corridor, timeline and goals.
  • Hold a pre-workshop meeting with the ACTT management team.
  • Select a meeting site, and coordinate workshop details with the FHWA Division Office.
  • Host the workshop.
  • Draft a report for submittal to FHWA.
  • Incorporate ACTT into project operations.

Executive Summary

"In the transportation community, meeting expectations means knowing and understanding customers and stakeholders."

Tom Sorel, "Great Expectations," Public Roads, July/August 2004, vol. 68, no. 1,

Understanding customers and stakeholders is a key component of the US 421/I-40 Business in Winston-Salem project under study by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

NCDOT's customers and stakeholders comprise a diverse group of people, including local businesses, commuters, emergency responders, hospitals, educational institutions and participants of the International Home Furnishings Market, the single largest contributor to the Piedmont Triad's economy.

Knowing this, NCDOT approached the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) about hosting an Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer (ACTT) workshop for the US 421/I-40 Business corridor. A key goal is to reduce the projected six-year construction timeframe to two years.

Together, the planning team identified the following skill sets for the US 421/I-40 Business in Winston-Salem workshop:

  • Utilities/Railroad/Right-of-Way (ROW)/3rd Party Constraints.
  • Historic Properties/Human Environment/Public Involvement.
  • Traffic Engineering/Safety/Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
  • Geometric/Hydraulic Design.
  • Structures.
  • Long Life Pavements/Maintenance.
  • Construction.
  • Geotechnical/Materials/Accelerated Testing.
  • Public Information.

Each team focused on how the ACTT process applied to their area of expertise. The group as a whole searched for methods and measures to help NCDOT achieve its goal of delivering a major rehabilitation project to the public in two years.

As the workshop progressed, each team summarized their thoughts and narrowed them down to a list of priority recommendations. On the final day, each skill set presented their suggestions to the conference attendees. Now that the workshop is complete, NCDOT will evaluate the various recommendations and decide which ideas should be implemented as part of the project.

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