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Strategies for addressing or avoiding common constraints to speed delivery of transportation planning and environmental review projects.

Expediting Project Delivery (C19)

Challenge

Improving and expediting the efficient delivery of needed transportation projects is high on everyone’s agenda – from the traveling public who desire the improvements to the transportation agencies that want to enhance their multi-modal networks. Transportation agencies are challenged to ensure that limited transportation revenue is most efficiently utilized to improve project delivery, reduce costs, and maintain environmental protection standards. The use of innovative approaches and early coordination with resource agencies, stakeholders, and the public can help transportation agencies achieve timely project delivery. Meeting these challenges will require a change in the way projects are planned and developed. A range of strategies is needed to address common constraints and expedite delivery from the earliest project phases.

Solution

SHRP2 has developed a Solution for Expedited Planning and Environmental Review. The product identifies 24 strategies for addressing or avoiding 16 common constraints in order to speed delivery of transportation projects. Constraints are grouped under six objectives:

  1. Improve public involvement and support
  2. Improve resource agency involvement and collaboration
  3. Demonstrate real commitment to the project
  4. Improve internal communication and coordination
  5. Streamline decision making
  6. Integrate across all phases of project delivery

The product suggests the likely effects of not addressing a constraint, categorized as low, medium, or high, and multiple strategies are suggested for each severity category. The solution includes a useful worksheet for each mitigation strategy that provides background and case examples.

Details on the strategies and constraints can be found in the SHRP2 report, Expedited Planning and Environmental Review of Highway Projects. Expedited Planning and Environmental Review is also incorporated into a suite of solutions located at the Web site Transportation for Communities—Advancing Projects through Partnerships (TCAPP), currently available as a beta site at www.transportationforcommunities.com.

Benefits

This product saves time by reducing project delays while also providing innovative approaches to improve transportation decision making. When transportation improvements fail to occur, project and motorist costs can multiply, and public perception of agency performance worsens. This product allows agencies to anticipate where delays are expected to occur and to apply tested strategies to avoid or reduce delays during all phases of project development.

In the Field

State Project Description Activity Contact
Arizona Implementation Assistance Program – Arizona Department of Transportation is facilitating a workshop and developing an action plan to identify and address constraints in delivering the Local Public Agency - Federal-aid Program Lead Adopter Paul O'Brien
Arizona Department of Transportation
pobrien@azdot.gov
Arizona Implementation Assistance Program – Maricopa Association of Governments, in conjunction with other agencies, is developing a risk register with stakeholders, which expedites planning and environmental review of key global transportation projects in the Intermountain West region Lead Adopter Denise McClafferty
Maricopa Association of Governments
dmcclafferty@azmag.gov
Arkansas Implementation Assistance Program – Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is facilitating an assessment workshop to identify leading constraints and develop an action plan to implement and integrate related strategies User Incentive Tymli Frierson
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
tymli.frierson@ahtd.ar.gov
California Implementation Assistance Program – California Department of Transportation is developing and implementing an environmental process-based action plan User Incentive Paul Hierling
California Department of Transportation
phierling@ambag.org
California Implementation Assistance Program – Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments is creating a Transportation Finance Working Group to facilitate communications among local agencies User Incentive Suzanne Melim
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
suzanne.melim@dot.ca.gov
Florida Implementation Assistance Program – Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a workshop to assess constraints and develop ideas in order to implement process refinements Lead Adopter Steven C. Braun, P.E.
Florida Department of Transportation
steve.braun@dot.state.fl.us
Idaho Implementation Assistance Program – Idaho Transportation Department is integrating systems to better inform, coordinate, and streamline the decision-making process Lead Adopter Erika Bowen
Idaho Transportation Department
erika.bowen@itd.idaho.gov
Massachusetts Implementation Assistance Program – Massachusetts Department of Transportation is expediting project delivery through enhanced early environmental coordination Lead Adopter Tim Dexter
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
timothy.dexter@state.ma.us
Nebraska Implementation Assistance Program – Nebraska Department of Roads is implementing various strategies to improve current processes User Incentive Mike Owen
Nebraska Department of Roads
mike.owen@nebraska.gov
South Carolina Implementation Assistance Program - South Carolina Department of Transportation supporting the advancement of one or more expedited delivery strategies including the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Project. User Incentive Michelle Shepherd
South Carolina Department of Tranportation
shepherdam@scdot.org
South Dakota Implementation Assistance Program – South Dakota Department of Transportation is identifying significant constraints to develop an action plan to implement the most appropriate strategies User Incentive David Huft
South Dakota Department of Transportation
dave.huft@state.sd.us
Vermont Implementation Assistance Program – Vermont Agency of Transportation is utilizing product methods to evolve and enhance the Accelerated Bridge Program Lead Adopter Wayne Symonds
Vermont Agency of Transportation
wayne.symonds@state.vt.us
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