ACTT Workshop: Tennessee
April 6-8, 2004, Knoxville, Tennessee
Chapter 3: Workshop Details
With support from the FHWA and AASHTO, TDOT hosted an ACTT workshop in Knoxville on April 6-8, 2004. Eighty-two people from 19 states were in attendance. These included representatives of TDOT, Knoxville/Knox County government, FHWA, other state highway agencies, and the public. The project focus of the workshop was the proposed I-40 widening in Knoxville.
The workshop began with opening remarks from the officials from TDOT and FHWA. Mr. Glen Malone (TDOT) and Mr. Jeff Mize (Wilbur Smith Associates) gave a presentation of the project. Dr. Donn Hancher from the University of Kentucky followed with his presentation on "Why ACTT? Why Now?" The ACTT management team moderated the workshop. Attendees were then taken on a bus tour through the proposed construction site. Tour guides described the key elements of the project to the attendees.
3.1 Skill Set Focus
In a pre-workshop meeting with the ACTT Management Team, TDOT officials identified six skill set areas to focus on various aspects of the project and methods for accelerating project implementation. The six areas are:
- Construction/Materials/Accelerated Testing/Constructibility.
- Innovative Contracting/Worker Health/Warranties.
- Traffic/Safety/Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
- Environment/Public Relations/Aesthetics (landscaping, treatment of areas under bridges, noise wall aesthetics, etc.) .
Each workshop attendee was assigned to a skill set team based upon his/her background and responsibility. FHWA made provisions for each team to have one or more designated leaders having expertise in the focus area and experience with the ACTT process. The leaders helped the local team members to examine how accelerated construction methods could be implemented in the project. During the workshop, skill set teams met in breakout session to consider concepts that could result in expedited construction and to identify issues that could delay construction. Members of different skill set teams then worked together to ensure ideas were addressed in a coordinated fashion. In the closing session, each skill set presented its list of five to seven "priority" recommendations to the workshop attendees.