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Managing and reducing risk in accelerated highway construction projects

Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects (R09)


Rapid renewal transportation projects are specifically intended to minimize the delivery schedule and disruption during construction, while not adversely affecting project cost and longevity. Managing risk in a rapid construction environment necessitates complex logistical requirements, complicated contracting procedures, and environmental permitting processes that need careful planning and consideration from project start to finish. Successful project completion means applying innovative contracting strategies in which risk is identified, mitigated, and transferred to the best qualified organization. Setting a project up for success during construction begins with conscientious consideration of risk at the earliest stages of project development.


SHRP2 has developed technical training materials, guides, and a handbook to help transportation agencies gain an understanding of the risks associated with rapid renewal projects. These tools provide objective guidance on implementing risk management procedures for various contracting methods. Training materials present practical guidance for applying risk management techniques to the rapid renewal project development process consistent with State transportation agency business practices.


The guidelines and training materials provide agencies with a greater understanding of potential risks associated with rapid renewal projects, as well as possible mitigation strategies. Training materials will assist transportation agencies with integrating this planning approach on a broader scale.

In the Field

State Project Description Activity Contact
Florida Implementation Assistance Program – Florida Department of Transportation is using rapid renewal project guides and training resources for the Gateway Express project. Proof of Concept Pilot Eyra Cash
Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Implementation Assistance Program – Florida Department of Transportation is using the product as a medium to complete their Risk Analysis and Management Implementation Policies and Procedures, acquire a Risk Analysis/Management Software, and train their staff to become facilitators of R09 demonstration workshops. Lead Adopter Greg Davis
Florida Department of Transportation
Georgia Implementation Assistance Program – Georgia Department of Transportation using rapid renewal project guides and training resources for the SR 96 corridor. Proof of Concept Pilot Genetha Rice-Singleton
Georgia Department of Transportation
Minnesota Implementation Assistance Program – Minnesota Department of Transportation is implementing the product on the reconstruction of I-35W from 46th Street to I-94 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to coincide with the current effort to better manage construction project schedules through proactive risk management. Lead Adopter Jenny Morris
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Oregon Implementation Assistance Program – Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is implementing the product in the US-101 Siuslaw bridge project and the OR-62 modernization project. ODOT is interested in updating their project delivery guidance, design manuals, policies, process flows, and associated documentation to incorporate risk management. Lead Adopter Lea Ann Hart-Chambers
Oregon Department of Transportation
Pennsylvania Implementation Assistance Program – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is applying R09 to the Potters Mills Gap Transportation Project. Lead Adopter Selena Griffett
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Field activities also performed in North Carolina and Washington during the research phase.

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