ACTION: Solicitation for FY2013 Candidate Projects for Highways for LIFE
Highways for LIFE Project Application Packet
Highways for LIFE Application
Please provide complete descriptions and answers to the Highways for LIFE Project Application. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ewa Flom in the Center for Accelerating Innovation at (202) 366-2169 or e-mail Ewa.Flom@dot.gov.
All applications from the State must be submitted to their FHWA Division Office. The Division Office is to forward the State's application and provide a recommendation memorandum to the HfL office with the following information:
- Identify the features in the application that are truly innovative in their State (not a standard practice);
- Determine if the project meets the eligibility requirements of HfL;
- Identify the measurable HfL goals that will be met by the innovations;
- Determine if the innovations will make a significant improvement in the State's construction program;
- Provide a recommendation if this project should be selected as a HfL project; and
- Determine if the State is willing to consider making a standard practice ofthe innovation after a successful demonstration.
The application includes two parts:
- Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424)
- Highways for LIFE narrative application.
APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
Application Federal Assistance Form 424 (pdf, .32mb)
Highways for LIFE Narrative Application
Only State Transportation Agencies (STA) may submit applications for funding under this program. The STA is responsible to collect, review, prioritize and submit all applications for local and other State agencies to the appropriate FHWA Division Office. The following information must be included to properly evaluate the candidate projects:
- Applicant Information
- Application for FY
- Application date
- Applicant name, title, phone, and e-mail
- Project Information
- Project description (location, purpose and scope)
- Anticipated FHWA construction authorization date
- Construction duration time
- Highways for LIFE Incentives
- Amount of grant requested
- Innovative Features:
An "innovation", as definedhere, must be one that the State has never before or rarely used. Innovations used on emergency or unique projects are exceptions. The proposed innovations must be available and readyfor use. They should not require further development or test and evaluation. The innovations must have (as appropriate) standards, specifications, test procedures, training and operations guidance to support the application of the innovation in routine highway design and construction. Further, the innovations have been used successfully in the U.S. or internationally and documentation or sufficient evidence ofthe benefits must also be available. Please provide sufficient information to support the feasibility of the proposed innovations.
- Describe the proposed innovations that will be used in meeting the HfL performance goal of achieving a work zone crash rate equal to or less than the existing condition. If your goal is different from the HfL goal please provide an explanation of your goal. Include in your discussion the current crash data for the project location.
- Describe the proposed innovations that will be used in meeting the HfL performance goal of achieving an incident rate for worker injuries to be less than 4.0 based on the OSHA 300 rate. If your goal is different from the HfL goal please provide an explanation of your goal.
- Describe the proposed innovations that will contribute to a 20 percent reduction in fatalities and injuries as reflected in a 3-year average crash rate, using pre-construction rates as a baseline.
- Construction Congestion
- Describe the proposed innovations that will be used in meeting the HfL performance goal of a 50 percent reduction, compared to traditional methods, in the duration that highway users are impacted. If your goal is different from the HfL goal please provide an explanation of your goal.
- Describe the proposed innovations that will be used in meeting the HfL performance goal for trip time or queue length during construction.
- The trip time goal is less than 10 percent increase in trip time during construction as compared to the average pre-construction time using 100 percent sampling.
- The queue length goal is a moving queue length less than 1/2 mile (travel speed 20 percent less than posted speed) in a rural area OR a moving queue length less than 1½ mile (travel speed 20 percent less than posted speed) in an urban area.
- If your goal is different from the HfL goal, please provide an explanation of your goal. Include in your discussion a baselineon what the trip time or queue length would be if traditional methods were used.
- Does the project include the HfL performance goal of International Roughness Index (IRI) of less than 48 in/mi? If your goal is different from the HfL goal, please provide an explanation of your goal. Include in your discussion a baseline of what the existing minimum acceptable IRI is for the project and the method used in achieving the HfL goal.
- Does the project include the HfL performance goal of achieving tire-pavement noise measurement of less than 96.0 decibels using the On Board Sound Intensity (OBSI)* test method? This is the tire to pavement noise and not the noise measured for a noise sensitive area or receptor noise. If your goal is different from the HfL goal, please provide an explanation of your goal. Include in your discussion if this is a standard noise measurement for your State. (* This is a revisionfrom the FY06 performance goal which identified using the Close Proximity (CPX) test method.)
- Describe any other proposed innovations that will improve the durability and quality of work performed in fabrication and construction.
- Describe any advanced material that will be used to prolong the life of the infrastructure (i.e. roadway and bridge). Provide justification for selecting its use.
- Identify equipment innovations that will improve quality and describe the functionality of the equipment.
- User Satisfaction
- Does the project include the HfL performance goal of 4+ on the Likert scale for the following questions; (1) How satisfied the user is with the new facility, compared with its previous condition, and (2) How satisfied the user is with the approach used to construct the new facility in terms of minimizing disruption? Describe the process user satisfaction will be measured.
- Provide a brief summary on how this demonstration project can impact the future practices of the industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The potential for adopting the identified innovations as standard practice and the benefits to be derived
for motorists and the program. Describe the techniques and tools your agency plans to use to communicate the various aspects of the project with highway users and community. (i.e. media relations, surveys, news releases, special events, newsletters,
Highways for LIFE Projects
Highways for LIFE Projects Map (pdf, .61mb)