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Appendix B — Work Zone Self–Assessment Summaries

Emphasis Area / Topic

Assessment Year
       
Leadership and Policy
Has the agency developed a process to determine whether a project is impact type I, II, or III?        
Has the agency established strategic goals specifically to reduce congestion and delay in work zones?        
Has the agency established strategic goals specifically to reduce crashes in work zones?        
Has the agency established measures (e.g., vehicle throughput, queue length, etc.) to track work zone congestion and delay?        
Has the agency established measures (e.g., crash rates, etc.) to track work zone crashes?        
Has the agency established a policy for the development of Transportation Management Plans to reduce congestion and crashes due to work zones?        
Has the agency established work zone performance guidance that addresses: maximum queue lengths, number of open lanes, maximum traveler delay, etc.?        
Has the agency established criteria to support the use of project execution strategies (e.g. night work and full closure) to reduce public exposure to work zones, and reduce the duration of work zones?        
Has the agency developed policies to support the use of innovative contracting strategies to reduce contract performance periods?        
Has the agency established Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between utility suppliers that promote the proactive coordination of long range transportation plans with long range utility plans to reduce project delays and minimize the number of work zones on the highway?        
Project Planning and Programming
Does the agency's planning process actively use analytical traffic modeling programs to determine the impact of future type I & II road construction and maintenance activities on network performance?        
Does the agency's planning process include developing alternative network options (e.g., frontage roads, increased capacity on parallel arterials, beltways, strategically placed connectors, etc.) to maintain projected traffic volumes due to future road construction and maintenance activities?        
Does the agency's planning process manage the transportation improvement program to eliminate future network congestion due to poorly prioritized and uncoordinated execution of projects?        
Does the agency's transportation planning process include a planning cost estimate review for work types I, II, & III that accounts for traffic management costs, (e.g., incident management, public information campaigns, positive separation elements, unformed law enforcement, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), etc)?        
Does the agency's transportation planning process include active involvement from the planners during the project design stage to assist in the development of congestion mitigation strategies for type I & II projects?        
Does the agency's transportation planning process engage the planners as part of a multidisciplinary/multi–agency team in the development of Transportation Management Plans involving major corridor improvements?        
Project Design
During project design does the agency have a process to estimate and use road user costs to evaluate and select, based on road user costs, project strategies, (e.g., full closure, night work traffic management alternatives, detours, etc.) for work type I & II projects?        
During the project design does the agency develop a Transportation Management Plan that addresses all operational impacts specifically focused on project congestion for work type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency use multidisciplinary teams consisting of agency staff to develop Transportation Management Plans for type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency perform constructability reviews that include project strategies that are intended to reduce congestion and traveler delays during construction and maintenance activities for type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency use independent contractors or contractor associations to provide construction process input to expedite project contract time for type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency use time and performance based scheduling techniques such as Critical Path Method or parametric models to determine contract performance times for work type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency have a process to evaluate the appropriate use of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies to minimize congestion in and around work zones for type I, II, & III projects?        
During project design, does the agency have a process to consider the use of life cycle costing in selecting materials that reduce the frequency and duration of work zones for type I, II & III projects?        
Does the agency have a process to assess projects for the use of positive separation devices for type I & II projects?        
During project design, does the agency anticipate and design projects to mitigate future congestion impacts due to repair and maintenance activities for type I, II & III projects?        
In developing the Traffic Control Plan for a project, does the agency use contractor involvement in the development of the Traffic Control Plan for type I & II projects?        
In developing the Traffic Control Plan for a project, does the agency use computer modeling to assess Traffic Control Plan impacts on traffic flow characteristics, e.g., speed, delay, capacity, etc. for type I & II projects?        
Project Construction and Operation
Is the letting schedule altered or optimized to reflect the available resources and capabilities of the construction industry?        
Is the letting schedule altered or optimized to minimize disruptions to major traffic corridors?        
In bidding type I & II projects, does the agency include road user costs in establishing incentives or disincentives to minimize road user delay due to work zones (e.g., I/D, A+B, Lane Rental, etc.)?        
In bidding type I, II, & III contracts, does the agency use performance–based selection to eliminate contractors who consistently demonstrate their inability to complete a quality job within the contract time?        
In bidding type I & II project contracts, does the agency use incident management services (e.g., wrecker, push vehicles, service patrols, etc)?        
In bidding contracts, does the agency use flexible starting provisions after the Notice to Proceed is issued?        
During project types I, II, & III does the agency use uniformed law enforcement?        
Does the agency provide/require training of contractor staff on the proper layout, and use of traffic control devices?        
Does the agency provide training to uniformed law enforcement personnel on work zone devices and layouts?        
Communication and Education
Does the agency maintain and update a work zone website providing timely and relevant traveler impact information for project types I, II & III that allows travelers to effectively make travel plans?        
Does the agency sponsor National Work Zone Awareness week?        
Does the agency assume a proactive role in work zone educational efforts?        
During type I, II, & III project construction does the agency use a public information plan that provides for specific and timely project information to the traveling public through a variety of outreach techniques, (e.g., agency website, newsletters, public Marketing Plan Making Work Zones Work Better B–5 meetings, radio, and other media outlets)?        
During type I, II, & III projects, does the agency use intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies to collect and disseminate information to motorists and agency personnel on work zone conditions?        
Program Evaluation
Does the agency collect data to track work zone congestion and delay in accord with agency established work zone congestion and delay measures?        
Does the agency collect data to track work zone safety performance in accord with agency work zone crash measures?        
Does the agency conduct customer surveys to evaluate work zone traffic management practices and policies on a statewide/area–wide basis?        
Does agency develop strategies to improve work zone performance based on work zone performance data and customer surveys?        
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