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General: Major Projects Report to Congress 2011

Report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations
As requested by the House of Representatives Report 106-622
Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2001

Annual Summary of Major Projects (FY 2011)

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Federal Highway Administration
Office of Innovative Program Delivery
Project Delivery Team

This annual summary reports the activities of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as related to major projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, as of October 1, 2011.  The FHWA takes an active leadership role in advancing transportation initiatives through the stewardship and oversight of major projects, which are defined as those with a total cost greater than $500 million.  In FY 2011, there were 85 active major projects.  This annual summary documents the performance of these major projects and what actions FHWA has taken to improve their performance.

Active major projects are those that have completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision documents and have begun the next stage of project development such as design or construction.  In addition, 11 major projects have been completed since FHWA first started to track such projects in 2001.  Two of these projects, the (iROX) I-75 from Golden Gate Parkway to SR 80 in Florida and the I-10/Katy Freeway project in Texas, were completed in FY 2011.

A list showing the status of the 85 active major projects is attached.  This list also includes all 11 completed major projects.

FHWA tracks cost estimates and scheduled completion dates for projects with approved Financial Plans.  In FY 2011, FHWA evaluated the cost and schedule performance of 44 of the active major projects.  Eighty-four percent of the projects had total costs within 2 percent of the previous year's costs and 65 percent had completion dates within 2 percent of the previous year's scheduled completion dates.  This is the first time that either of the measures dropped below 80 percent.  Most of the increased schedule delays are a result of constrained financial resources that have required project sponsors to delay future construction phases in an effort to effectively manage the overall transportation program consistent with good stewardship practices.

In recent years, governments at all levels—Federal, State, and local—have found themselves increasingly facing tight fiscal constraints as traditional sources of revenue have failed to keep up with the need to improve, maintain and operate our Nation's transportation infrastructure. This has forced project sponsors to continually reevaluate their plans and search for additional sources of funding.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has initiated a number of proposals and activities to stretch the Nation's transportation resources.  For example, the Administration implements the merit-based, multimodal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program.  TIGER has leveraged more than two private, State and local dollars for every Federal dollar invested (compared with 20 cents for every 80 cents of Federal funds in our formula programs) and has spurred creative and collaborative transportation projects at the local, State, and regional levels.

In addition, the Administration executes, through FHWA, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, which provides credit assistance in the form of direct loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to finance transportation projects of National and regional significance.  State and local governments use the TIFIA assistance to get more bang for their buck, leveraging the initial funds to secure access to capital markets, flexible repayment terms, and lower interest rates.  Each dollar of Federal funds can provide up to $10 in TIFIA credit assistance and leverage $30 in transportation infrastructure investment.  As of October 2011, TIFIA has helped 24 projects get access to $8.4 billion in credit assistance. 

Beyond its efforts to leverage transportation funding through the TIGER and TIFIA programs, the Department has delivered many initiatives to help and encourage our State and local partners to think creatively about how to finance surface transportation.  The FHWA has an office dedicated to providing resources that support State and local transportation agencies as they work to apply innovative revenue generation, procurement and project finance strategies in a manner that is at once effective, efficient and in the public interest.  

Finally, FHWA launched a major program to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery times.  The Every Day Counts initiative is designed to focus on a finite set of actions that will result in better, faster, and smarter ways of doing business.  When projects are delivered faster, and with greater certainty, they are often delivered at a reduced cost, which benefits the American people.  Innovation is another way to stretch the transportation dollar.

Financial Plans

The Initial Financial Plans for the following major projects were reviewed for acceptance concurrently with the applicable FHWA Division Offices.

  • SR 303:  I-10 to US 60 (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Port of Miami Tunnel & Access Improvement Project (Miami, FL)
  • I-69 Section 4 (Greene & Monroe Counties, IN)
  • US 31 Hamilton County (Indianapolis, IN)
  • I-269 (Desoto and Marshall Counties, MS)
  • Monroe Connector-Bypass (Mecklenburg and Union Counties, NC)
  • I-70/I-71 Columbus Crossroads – Phases 1-5 (Columbus, OH)
  • DFW Connector (Grapevine, TX)
  • State Highway 130 Segments 5 & 6 (Central Texas/Austin and San Antonio, TX)
  • US 290 (Houston, TX)
  • SR 520, I-5 to Medina:  Bridge Replacement and HOV Project – Floating Bridge and Landings Stage (Seattle, WA)
  • SR 520 Pontoon Construction Project (Grays Harbor, WA)
  • SR 99:  Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project (Seattle, WA)

The Financial Plan Annual Updates for the following major projects were reviewed for acceptance concurrently with the applicable FHWA Division Offices.

  • BART Seismic Retrofit Project (San Francisco, CA)
  • I-15 Managed Lanes (San Diego County, CA)
  • I-5 HOV North (SR 134 to SR 118) (Los Angeles, CA)
  • I-80/San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (East Span) (San Francisco-Oakland, CA)
  • SR 52, from Santo Road to SR 67 (Santee, CA)
  • SR 905, from I-805 to Otay Mesa Port of Entry (San Diego County, CA)
  • SR 4 (East) Widening Project (Contra Costa County, CA)
  • I-95/New Haven Harbor Crossing (New Haven, CT)
  • I-4 to Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Crosstown Connector (Hillsborough County, FL)
  • I-595 Corridor Improvements (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  • (iROX) I-75 from GG Parkway to SR 80, D/B/Finance (Lee and Collier Counties, FL)
  • Miami Intermodal Center (Miami, FL)
  • Port of Miami Tunnel & Access Improvement Project (Miami, FL)
  • SR 826/SR 836 Interchange Reconstruction (Palmetto 5) (Miami, FL)
  • Tampa Interstate System (Tampa, FL)
  • Council Bluffs,  IA I-29 & I-80 Interstate System (Council Bluffs, IA)
  • I-10 Twin Span Structures (Slidell, LA)
  • Intercounty Connector (Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, MD)
  • I-95/Woodrow Wilson Bridge (MD/VA/DC)
  • New Mississippi River Bridge (St. Louis, MO & IL)
  • I-93 Reconstruction, (Salem to Manchester, NH)
  • Willis Avenue Bridge (Manhattan & Bronx Counties, NY)
  • Western Wake Freeway (Raleigh, NC)
  • Montgomery IR-75 Reconstruction (Dayton, OH)
  • I-40 Crosstown (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190) (Dallas County, TX)
  • I-10/Katy Freeway (Houston, TX)
  • Southwest Parkway (SH121) (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes (Fairfax, VA)
  • Alaska Way Viaduct – Holgate to King (Seattle, WA)
  • I-94 North-South (Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha Counties, WI)
  • US 41 Corridor (Winnebago and Brown Counties, WI)

Cost Estimate Reviews

Risk-based cost reviews were conducted for the following major projects.

  • Birmingham Northern Beltline (Birmingham, AL)
  • I-80/I-680/SR 12 Interchange Improvement Project (Solano County, CA)
  • I-805 Managed Lanes North Project, District 11 (San Diego, CA)
  • I-69 Section 4 (Greene & Monroe Counties, IN)
  • Land Between the Lakes (Trigg and Marshall Counties, KY)
  • I-93 Reconstruction (Salem to Manchester, NH)
  • I-94/Edsel Ford Freeway (Detroit, MI)
  • I-269 (Desoto and Marshall Counties, MS)
  • Portsmouth Bypass (Scioto County, OH)
  • US 290 (Houston, TX)

Additionally, risk-based cost reviews were conducted on the following projects expected to be added to the active major project list in the future.

  • I-10 Corridor Improvement Study (Phoenix, AZ)
  • SR-202L/South Mountain Freeway (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Project (Long Beach, CA)
  • I-805 Managed Lanes South Project, District 12 (San Diego, CA)
  • Northwest Corridor Project (Atlanta, GA)
  • Longfellow Bridge (Boston, MA)
  • SH 183 (from SH 360 to IH 35E) (Dallas, TX)
  • Midtown Tunnel/Downtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Extension Project (Hampton Roads, VA)
  • Zoo Interchange (Milwaukee, WI)

Project Management Plans

The Project Management Plans for the following major projects were reviewed for acceptance concurrently with the applicable FHWA Division Offices.

  • I-805 Managed Lanes North Project, District 11 (San Diego, CA)
  • I-69 Section 4 (Greene & Monroe Counties, IN)
  • US 31 Hamilton County (Indianapolis, IN)
  • I-269 (Desoto and Marshall Counties, MS)
  • New Mississippi River Bridge (St. Louis, MO & IL)
  • Hamilton IR-75 (Through the Valley) (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Portsmouth Bypass, (Scioto County, OH)
  • SR 520, I-5 to Medina:  Bridge Replacement and HOV Project – Floating Bridge and Landings Stage (Seattle, WA)
  • SR 520 Pontoon Construction Project (Grays Harbor, WA)
  • SR 99:  Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project (Seattle, WA)
  • I-39/90 (Illinois State Line to Madison, WI)

Awareness and Capacity Building

The Project Delivery Team participated in the following activities to promote the oversight and stewardship of major projects to FHWA partners and Division Office staff.

  • Ongoing in FY 2011 – The Project Delivery Team and the National Highway Institute offered a 2-day National Highway Institute Course called "Addressing Uncertainty in Cost Estimating."
  • January 23-27, 2011 – The Project Delivery Team staffed an exhibit booth at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington, DC.  Displays of existing major projects and the latest guidance for the management of major projects were available.
  • February 2011 – The Project Delivery Team conducted Webinars on Cost Estimate Reviews, Financial Plans, and Project Management Plans.
  • Summer 2011 – The Project Delivery Team delivered Financial Plan presentations at the Office of Innovative Program Delivery's Regional Technical Workshops. The workshops were held in Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, and New Orleans, LA.
  • August 15-25, 2011 – The Project Delivery Team continued coordinating the project management certificate program with the FHWA Human Resources Office to train current and potential major project oversight managers in the FHWA Division Offices.  As of the end of FY 2011, 154 FHWA employees have received their Associate Certificates in Project Management.
  • September 20-23, 2011 - The Project Delivery Team participated in AASHTO's Technical Committee on Cost Estimating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Project Delivery Team shared experiences related to risk-based estimating.

Key to Acronyms:

ARRA=American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

BR/IM=Bridge Rehabilitation/Interstate Maintenance

DOT=Department of Transportation

D/B=Design-Build

EIS=Environmental Impact Statement

FONSI=Finding of No Significant Impact

GARVEE=Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles

HOV=High Occupancy Vehicle

RABA=Revenue Aligned Budget Authority

RFP=Request for Proposals

ROD=Record of Decision

TIFIA=Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

TBD=To Be Determined

A listing of the status of all current active major projects is attached.