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ACTT Workshop: New Jersey
November 16-18, 2004, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Chapter 1: Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer

Highway construction continues to produce significant disruptions in communities across the Nation as departments of transportation work to update an aging infrastructure system. While highway construction is unavoidable, excessive construction time is unnecessary and should be avoided because it is costly and exposes workers and the traveling public to substandard conditions. The ACTT initiative aims to minimize travel delays and community disruptions by reducing cost and construction time and improving quality, traffic control, and safety.

1.1 Background

ACTT is a process that uses innovative technologies and methods to accelerate the construction of major highway projects to reduce user delay and community disruption. A complete accelerated construction approach involves evaluating the planning, design, and construction activities within a highway corridor using multiple strategies and technologies. Successful ACTT deployment requires a thorough examination of all facets of a highway corridor with the objective of improving safety and optimizing cost effectiveness while minimizing adverse impacts for the benefit of the traveling public.

Recommendations in Transportation Research Board (TRB) Special Report 249, "Building Momentum for Change: Creating a Strategic Forum for Innovation in Highway Infrastructure," called for creating a strategic forum to promote accelerated construction in the highway infrastructure. As a result, TRB Task Force AFH35T (formerly A5T60) was formed with the following objectives:

  • Facilitating the removal of barriers to innovation.
  • Advocating continuous quality improvement and positive change.
  • Enhancing safety and mobility.
  • Encouraging the development of strategies that generate beneficial change.
  • Creating a framework for informed consideration of innovation.

Fully supporting the task force's mission and objectives, the FHWA and the Technology Implementation Group (TIG) of AASHTO joined the task force in an outreach effort. The result was the formation of a national resource pool known as the "National Skill Sets Council" and completion of two ACTT pilot workshops (one in Indiana and one in Pennsylvania). Following the pilot workshops, TRB Task Force AFH35T transferred the concept to FHWA and AASHTO to continue the effort by conducting future workshops.

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