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Arrow Highways for LIFE Construction Projects Awarded

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on August 17, 2011 announced that Highways for LIFE grant funds totaling $19,788,600 have been awarded for 17 projects in as many states.  Fifteen of the projects -- the maximum allowed to receive monetary incentives per the legislation -- were in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.  Two other projects, located in Ohio and Rhode Island, will receive a waiver of the State match requirement. This brings to 37 the number of states with Highways for LIFE construction projects planned, completed or underway.

Individual project descriptions are listed below:

State Project HfL Funds Awarded
(Statute limits to 20% of project cost not to exceed $5,000,000)**
Innovations Basis for Award
AHTD
(AR*)
Highway 213, Section 1 $420,000
(maximum 20% of $2,100,000)
Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC), Safety Edge The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is using RCC as an overlay alternative to traditional asphalt pavement in an area where the existing pavement is severely distressed by heavy truck loads.  The RCC will be a more durable and cost effective alternative to traditional treatments, which achieve the HfL performance goal of enhancing quality.  The Safety Edge will also be used to enhance the safety of the route and reduce roadway departure crashes, which will achieve the HfL performance goal of enhancing safety. 
CDOT
(CO)
Pecos Street over
I-70
$3,760,000
(20 % of $18,800,000)
Construction Management/General Contractor (CM/GC), replacing a bridge within
50 hours, Roundabout Interchange
The Colorado Department of Transportation is replacing the Pecos Street Bridge over I-70 using accelerated bridge construction techniques and an alternative contract delivery method CM/GC.  The goal of the project is to reduce the overall construction schedule thereby minimizing construction-related traffic delays and limited shut-downs or closures to traffic along I-70, which achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing user satisfaction.  The project will limit the impact to the traveling public to 50 hours vs.
12 months if built conventionally.  The Roundabout Interchange will improve safety and capacity, which will achieve the HfL performance goal of enhancing safety. 
ConnDOT
(CT*)
I-95 Guilford, Madison, and Clinton $1,800,000
(maximum 20% of $9,000,000)
Safety Edge, Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be incorporating the use of the Safety Edge to help reduce roadway departure crashes, which achieve the HfL performance goal of enhancing safety.  The WMA with polymer modified binder will also be used to improve durability/rut resistance on the high volume road, which will achieve the HfL performance goal of enhancing quality. 
GDOT
(GA)
Pavement Rehab on
SR 11/SR 53/
SR 211/Broad Street from CSX RR to Stephens Street in Winder
$700,000
(maximum 20% of $3,500,000)
Precast concrete pavement system (PCPS) The Georgia Department of Transportation will be using PCPS in the historic downtown area of Winder.  The PCPS will result in safety improvements for motorists and workers due to reduced work zone duration and extended longevity of the pavement.  Improved user satisfaction and positive economic impact is anticipated due to shorter construction time, off-peak working hours, longer pavement life and fewer repairs required in the future also resulting in reduced user impact.  This project was selected because it will meet HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety, quality, and user satisfaction.  Precasting takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
ITD
(ID*)
SH 75 Bridge over East Fork of Salmon River $1,380,000 Total Precast Bridge Elements and System (PBES) – Precast Abutments, Precast Prestressed Girders, Full Depth Precast Deck Panels. The Idaho Transportation Department will be replacing a bridge using total precast concrete bridge elements thereby eliminating one construction season and one winter shutdown compared to conventional construction reducing impact to users and improving safety, which achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety, quality, and user satisfaction
KDOT
(KS*)
SMART Work Zone Technologies $1,650,000
(maximum 20% of $8,250,000)
SMART Work Zone Technology (WZ ITS) The Kansas Department of Transportation will be using real time traffic data to advise the traveling public of work zone traffic condition so they can take alternate routes.  The WZ ITS will achieve HfL performance goals to reduce congestion, enhance user satisfaction in the highway maintenance and improvement processes, and improve work zone safety. 
MSHA
(MD)
West Nursery Road over MD 295 $600,000
(maximum 20% of $3,000,000)
Self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) with PBES The Maryland State Highway Administration will be constructing the bridge superstructure, using prefabricated elements, in the median and moving it into place using a SPMT.  This innovative technique will be safer, significantly faster and less obstructive to the traveling public.  The impact to the motorist will be limited to 34 hours.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety and user satisfaction.  Prefabrication takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
Mn/DOT
(MN)
I-35E/Maryland Ave Interchange $2,040,000
(20 % of $10,200,000
SPMT with PBES The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be replacing a bridge over a weekend using the SPMT.  Using this technology will reduce construction traffic impact by 75% compared to conventional construction.  It will improve worker and motorist safety and congestion and delay due to bridge construction.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety and user satisfaction.  Prefabrication takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
NHDOT
(NH)
Auburn-Candia Resurfacing Project $2,000,000 40% Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) with WMA, Asphalt Rubber Wearing Surfaces, Safety Edge, use the Asphalt Binder Creep Device, Excessive Speed Warning Sign and Changeable WZ Speed Limit Sign The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is proposing to include six innovations in the Auburn-Candia Project to extend the life of the pavement and reduce the necessary frequency for resurfacing.  The innovations include:  40% RAP content, WMA, asphalt-rubber wearing surface mixture, high-polymer modified asphalt wearing surface with
1% total reused binder.  The use of the Safety Edge will reduce roadway departure crashes and Smart Work Zone will improve worker and motorist safety and reduce delay.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of enhancing safety, quality, and user satisfaction.
NJDOT
(NJ* 1)
ASC  NJ 28 $204,600
(20% of $1,023,000)
Adaptive Signal Control (ASC) The New Jersey Department of Transportation will implement the ASC to State Route 28 to improve the traffic flow, reduce congestion, and enhance the safety of the high traffic volume roadway.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety.
NYSDOT
(NY 2)
I-84 over Dingle Ridge Road $2,040,000
(20% of $10,200,000)
Rolling the bridge into place, Super High Performance Concrete, Stainless Steel Reinforcement, PBES  The New York State Department of Transportation will be replacing two bridges over 2 weekends, minimizing the disruption of I-84 traffic.  If built conventionally, it would have taken two construction seasons and require a temporary bridge at an additional cost of $1.5M.  This is also a Strategic Highway Research Program, SHRP 2 Demonstration Project.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety by reducing exposure to motorists and workers, and user satisfaction.  Prefabrication takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
ODOT
(OH 2)
US 35 Concrete Pavement Restoration in Dayton Waiver of State match (limited to incentive funding for 15 projects) Precast Concrete Pavement Systems, PCPS (SuperSlab) The Ohio Department of Transportation will be using PCPS to minimize disruption to the traveling public to off peak hours and to achieve a better quality, longer durability restoration project.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety by reducing exposure to motorists and workers, quality.  Precasting takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
RIDOT
(RI)
RI Rt. 114 – East Shore Expressway Waiver of State match (limited to incentive funding for 15 projects) SPMT, Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS), and PBES (precast wall panels and footings, precast stub abutments and footings, precast approach slabs) The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is using all prefabricated substructure elements, GRS embankments, a prefabricated superstructure and a self propelled modular transporter to reduce the roadway closure to one weekend.  The State has committed to evaluating the use of accelerated bridge construction methods on all bridge structures in the future.  Since the use of prefabricated components reducing construction time compared with the more traditional construction methods, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety by reducing exposure to motorists and workers, , and user satisfaction.  Prefabrication takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
SCDOT
(SC)
SC 773 from I-26 to Rt. 521 $794,000
(maximum 20% of $3,970,000)
PCPS The South Carolina Department of Transportation will reconstruct a roadway with minimal impact to affected businesses and traffic by using PCPS.  Using thinner sections PCPS than the thickness of conventional pavement required to be structurally adequate will eliminate the need to raise the overpasses to attain sufficient clearance.  This will also reduce impact to users and improve worker and motorist safety.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety and user satisfaction.  Precasting takes place in a controlled environment resulting in improved quality.
UDOT
(UT)
I-84 Over Echo Frontage Road $1,000,000
(maximum 20% of $5,000,000)
Geosynthetic Reinforced
Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is already the leader in accelerated bridge construction (ABC) using movable structure construction.  The UDOT is proposing to use GRS-IBS to further reduce the cost and time of ABC.  The GRS-IBS will contribute to the overall durability and quality of the bridge.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of reducing congestion due to construction and enhancing safety, quality, and user satisfaction.
VTrans
(VT)
US 4A and VT 30 $1,000,000
(maximum 20% of $5,000,000)
WMA, Safety Edge, Intelligent Compaction The Vermont Transportation Agency is proposing to include WMA, Safety Edge, and the use of intelligent compaction on their US 4A and VT 30 Project.  The application of WMA and intelligent compaction will produce a higher quality pavement.  The Safety Edge will reduce roadway departure crashes.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of enhancing safety and quality.
WYDOT
(WY* 3)
1-25/College Drive Interchange $400,000
(maximum 20% of $2,000,000)
Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) The Wyoming Department of Transportation will use DDI design to improve the traffic operational movements and eliminate the need to replace a bridge if a conventional design were used.  The DDI will reduce the accident rate by 40% with the capacity improvements.  Therefore, this project will achieve HfL performance goals of enhancing safety.
  TOTAL $19,788,600    

* Have not received prior HfL Demonstration Project incentives.
**Difference will be funded through other State, local, and/or Federal resources.

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Highways for LIFE
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Updated: 08/22/2011
 

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