ACTT Workshop: Tennessee
April 6-8, 2004, Knoxville, Tennessee
Chapter 1: Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer
Highway construction continues to produce significant disruptions in communities across the nation as 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 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 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 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 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 A5T60 transferred the concept to FHWA and AASHTO to continue the effort by conducting future workshops.