2011 Discretionary Grant Programs
Highways for LIFE (HfL) - Selection Criteria and Additional Information
Proposed projects must:
- Achieve the HfL performance goals for safety, construction congestion, quality, and user satisfaction.
- Deliver and deploy never or rarely used for the State "proven" innovative technologies, manufacturing processes, financing, contracting practices, and performance measures that will demonstrate substantial improvements in safety, quality, speed of construction, congestion and cost effectiveness.
- Include innovation that is intended to change the administration of the DOT's transportation program to move quickly construct long-lasting, high-quality, cost effective projects that improve safety and reduce congestion on a recurring basis.
- Be ready for construction within 1 year of approval of the project proposal. For the purposes of the HfL program, the FHWA considers a project to be "ready for construction" when the FHWA Division Office authorizes the construction project.
- Demonstrate a willingness by the DOT to participate in subsequent technology transfer and information dissemination activities associated with the project(s).
- Demonstrate a willingness by the DOT to accept FHWA Division Office oversight if the project is approved by HfL.
The performance goals of HfL projects include:
- Work Zone Safety During Construction--work zone crash rate equal to the pre-construction rate at the project location;
- Worker Safety During Construction--worker injury rate less than 4.0 based on the OSHA 300 rate;
- Facility Safety After Construction-20 percent reduction in fatalities and injuries as reflected in 3-year average crash rates, using pre-construction rates as the baseline.
- Faster Construction-50% reduction, compared to traditional methods, in the duration that highway users are impacted;
- Trip Time During Construction-- less than 10 percent reduction in the average pre-construction speed using 100 percent sampling; or
- Queue Length During Construction-The line of vehicles passing through the construction work zone should be less than 0.5 mile long (travel speed 20% less than posted speed) in a rural area OR a moving queue length less than 1.5 miles long (travel speeds 20 percent or less than the posted speed limit) in an urban area.
- Smoothness--An inertial Profile, International Roughness Index (IRI) of less than 48 inches/mile
- Noise-a tire to pavement noise measurement of less than 96.0 decibels using the On Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) Method
- User satisfaction-Pre- and post- project construction surveys will be used to determine user satisfaction in two areas: (1) How satisfied the user is with the new facility, compared with its previous state, and (2) how satisfied the user is with the approach used to construct the new facility in terms of minimizing disruption. A five-point Likert scale will be used for measurement, and the goal for each area will be 4+.