ACTT Workshop: Oklahoma
May 25-27, 2004, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chapter 1: ACTT Goals & Objectives
Highway construction continues to produce significant disruptions in communities across the Nation as Departments of Transportation (DOTs) work to update an aging infrastructure system. While highway construction is unavoidable, excessive construction time is unnecessary and often can be dangerous. It is costly, prolongs workers’ exposure to traffic, and subjects travelers to substandard conditions. The Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer (ACTT) initiative aims to minimize travel delays and community disruptions by reducing cost and construction time and improving quality, traffic control, and safety.
ACTT is a process that encourages the use of 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 the 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 by Transportation Research Board (TRB) Special Report 249 called for creating a strategic forum to promote accelerated construction in the highway infrastructure. TRB Task Force A5T60 was formed with the objectives of:
- Facilitating 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 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Technology Implementation Group (TIG) of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (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 A5T60 transferred the concept to FHWA and AASHTO to continue the effort by conducting future workshops.
With the successful completion of several ACTT Workshops, including ones in Texas, California, Montana, Washington, and Tennessee, ODOT hosted an ACTT Workshop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in May 2004. This workshop focused on ODOT's I-40 crosstown project located between interchanges with I-44 and I-35, at the southern edge of downtown Oklahoma City.
The goals of this ACTT workshop were as follows:
- Shorten construction time.
- Insure safety for work zone and future maintenance.
- Promote early recognition of constructability.
- Maintain traffic flow and speed through the work zone for through and local traffic.
- Eliminate existing and future congestion on the Interstate and local system.
- Promote early buy-in on geometrics and minimize liability.
- Identify phases that can be completed early to accelerate the overall construction.
- Identify project challenges early on.
- Get solid recommendations from the teams to accelerate the consensus reaching process.
- Have a successful workshop with innovative suggestions.
- Have this workshop be a process for future projects (share lessons learned with other States).
- Identify ideas to insure flexibility for future needs.
- Build within budget.
- Establish constraints early on (environmental, public commitments).
- Build on cooperation with partners and stakeholders.
- Improve public information.
- Encourage construction staging to reduce construction impacts and meet local needs.
- Identify ways to encourage contractor innovation (prior to and during construction).
- Explore the delivery process/construction management/alternate process.
- Explore environmental alternatives for sediment control/water quality.
- Maintain/enhance quality.
- Identify funding alternatives.