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Maine Demonstration Project: Reconstruction of Lamson and Boom Birch Bridges
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Maine Demonstration Project: Reconstruction of Lamson and Boom Birch Bridges
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The purpose of the Highways for LIFE (HfL) pilot program is to accelerate the adoption of innovations and new technologies, thereby improving safety and highway quality while reducing congestion caused by construction. LIFE is an acronym for Longer-lasting highway infrastructure using Innovations to accomplish the Fast construction of Efficient and safe highways and bridges.
Specifically, HfL is focused on accelerating the adoption of innovations in the highway community. "Innovations" is an inclusive term used by HfL to encompass technologies, materials, tools, equipment, procedures, specifications, methodologies, processes, and practices used in the financing, design, or construction of highways. HfL is based upon the realization that there are available innovations within the highway community that, if widely and rapidly adopted, would result in significant benefits to the highway motorist, user, and owner agency.
Although innovations themselves are important, HfL is as much about changing the highway community's attitude toward them—from a culture that looks at innovation as something that will only add to one's work, delay the project, add to the cost or increase risk, to one that sees it as an opportunity to provide a better highway transportation service. HfL is also an effort to change the way highway community decision makers and participants perceive their jobs and the service they are providing.
The HfL pilot program, described in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Section 1502, includes funding demonstration highway construction projects. Funding demonstration projects provides a means for HfL to promote and document improvements in safety, construction-related congestion, and quality that can be achieved through the application of project performance goals and innovations. This report discusses the details of one such HfL demonstration project.
Additional information on the HfL program is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/hfl.
This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.
The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade and manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the object of the document.
The project team would like to acknowledge the invaluable insights and guidance of the Federal Highway Administration Highways for LIFE Team Leader (Mr. Byron Lord) and Program Coordinators Ms. Mary Huie and Ms. Kathleen Bergeron who served as the Technical Panel on this demonstration project. Their vast knowledge and experience with the various aspects of construction, technology deployment and technology transfer helped immensely in developing both the approach and the technical matter for this document. The team is also indebted to the Maine Department of Transportation engineers Mr. Robert Bulger and Mr. Robert Ellena for their tireless advice, assistance, and coordination they provided in the conduct of this project. Special thanks are due to Mr. Bulger for providing information which made the economic analysis possible. Finally, the project team is also grateful to the FHWA Division Office and particularly to Ms. Maria Drozd for all the support received.
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Highways for LIFE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
The Highways for LIFE (HfL) pilot program, described in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Section 1502, includes funding demonstration highway construction projects. Demonstration projects are a means for the HfL program to promote and document improvements in safety, construction-related congestion, and quality that can be achieved through the application of project performance goals and innovations.
SAFETEA-LU establishes a maximum of 15 demonstration projects per year that may receive HfL funding. The amount of funding provided by HfL for a demonstration project may be up to 20 percent of the total project cost, but not more than $5 million. In addition, the Federal share for a HfL project may be up to 100 percent, thus waiving the typical State match portion. At the request of a State, a combination of funding and waived match may be applied to the project.
A State Department of Transportation (DOT) highway project may be considered for HfL demonstration funding if the project involves constructing, reconstructing, or rehabilitating a route or connection on an eligible Federal-aid highway and uses innovative technologies, manufacturing processes, financing, or contracting methods that improve safety, reduce congestion due to construction, and improve quality and user satisfaction. To provide a target for each of these areas, HfL has established demonstration project performance goals. HfL project promotion involves showing the highway community and the public how these demonstration projects are designed, built, and perform. Broadly demonstrating and promoting successes will, in turn, provide the impetus for more widespread application of the performance goals and innovations in the future.
The HfL project performance goals put the emphasis on the highway motorist and user needs and reinforce the importance of addressing safety, congestion, user satisfaction, and quality in every project. The HfL performance goals are intended to define the desired end result while encouraging innovative solutions, thereby raising the bar in highway transportation service and safety. Setting motorist/user based performance goals also is intended to serve as a new business model for how a State DOT manages its highway project delivery process.
Project Solicitation, Evaluation and Selection
Open solicitations for HfL project applications were made in Federal FY 2006, 2007, and 2008. This was done through mailed letters and various print media advertisements. Applications were submitted by the State DOT through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division Office. Once the applications were received by the HfL team, they were reviewed in detail by the HfL consultant team for completeness and clarity. The consultant team contacted each applicant to discuss technical issues and obtain commitments on project issues. These verbal questions and comments were then sent to and responded to by the applicants in writing.
The project selection panel consisted of seven individuals representing the FHWA program offices of Infrastructure, Safety, and Operations, Resource Center - Construction and Project Management Team, a Division Administrator or Assistant Division Administrator, and two members of the Headquarters HfL Team. The application and supplemental information was sent to each of the panel members in advance of meeting for individual evaluation and rating. The panel then convened to reach a consensus on which projects to recommend for approval. In this evaluation, the panel gave priority to projects that:
HfL Project Performance Goals
The HfL performance goals are focused on the expressed needs and wants of the highway user and motorist. HfL has set these goals at a level that represents the best of what the highway community can do, not just the average of what has been done. HfL desires that all applicable goals be used for each demonstration project. The HfL demonstration project performance goals are:
Seventeen (17) HfL demonstration projects have been approved and funded in 15 States at the present time. These include:
REPORT SCOPE AND ORGANIZATION
This report discusses Maine DOT's HfL demonstration project which consists of the reconstruction of two short span bridges. Project details of most relevance to the HfL program including traffic management during construction, innovative design and construction highlights, HfL performance metrics measurement, as well as a return on investment analysis are presented in the following chapters of this report. Finally, a record of the technology transfer activities that took place during the construction of this project and a summary of the lessons learned are also presented.
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