May 31, 2013
Innovation of the Month:
Washington, DC, Emergency Responders Attend Workshop
A May 2 traffic incident management workshop brought together emergency response practitioners from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The District Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, held the event at Howard University. It enabled practitioners to discuss the state of their traffic incident management programs, identify ways to improve their operations, and document participants' good practices and lessons learned. The workshop also covered FHWA-endorsed good practices and processes. A workshop on training for traffic incident responders is planned for late 2013.
Record of Decision Signed for Georgia Project
A record of decision was signed May 23 for the Northwest Corridor Project, Georgia's first public-private partnership project. The project involves construction of a tolled, reversible managed-lane system on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. The Georgia Department of Transportation will receive proposals from private entities in June 2013 to design, build and partially finance the project. With a cost estimate of $951 million, the project is expected to improve traffic flow, provide reliable trip times, and create jobs in the area.
Indiana Outlines Delivery Model for I-69 Project
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) hosted a May 22 industry forum on procurement of a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain I-69 Section 5 from Bloomington to Martinsville. The Section 5 project is part of the 142-mile I-69 corridor from Evansville to Indianapolis. It involves upgrading 21 miles of existing State Road 37 to interstate standards, including new interchanges and overpasses. The project will improve traffic safety, reduce congestion, and support economic development. It will not involve tolling, but instead will leverage INDOT's funding appropriations to attract low-cost private sector finance. Other benefits of the public-private partnership procurement include incentives for the private sector to lower construction costs and accelerate project completion.