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General: Major Projects Report to Congress 2012

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 (Fiscal Year 2012)

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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) 2012, as of October 1, 2012.  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 2012, there were 95 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, 13 major projects have been completed since FHWA first started to track such projects in 2001.  Two of these projects, the SR-52 Extension in California and the I-64, from Spoede Road to Sarah Street in Missouri, were completed in FY 2012.

A list showing the status of the 95 active major projects is attached.  This list also includes all 13 completed major projects.

The FHWA tracks cost estimates and scheduled completion dates for projects with approved Financial Plans.  In FY 2012, FHWA evaluated the cost and schedule performance of 49 of the active major projects.  Ninety-seven percent of the projects had total costs within 2 percent of the previous year's costs and 85 percent had completion dates within 2 percent of the previous year's scheduled completion dates. 

After analyzing the schedule and cost performance data, the Project Delivery Team works with FHWA Division Offices to respond to specific major project schedule delays and cost increases.  For example, when one major project experienced a significant cost increase, a cost estimate review was conducted to mitigate potential future cost increases and to identify opportunities to reduce future project costs.  Another example is a response to a major project schedule delay where the FHWA developed a workshop with the State DOT to analyze potential strategies for accelerating the project's construction schedule.  The FHWA also uses the cost and schedule data to improve the quality of the risk assumptions made during future cost and schedule estimate reviews for major projects.

Financial Plans

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

  • Birmingham Northern Beltline - BNB (Corridor X-1, AHS) (Birmingham, AL)
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement (Long Beach, CA)
  • I-805 Managed Lanes North Project, District 11 (San Diego, CA)
  • Marin-Sonoma Narrows (Marin and Sonoma Counties, CA)
  • Lake Bridges (US 68/KY 80 Reconstruction from Aurora, KY to Cadiz, KY) (Trigg and Marshall Counties, KY)
  • Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge (Jefferson County, KY and Clark County, IN)
  • St. Croix River Crossing (Stillwater, MN and St. Joseph Township, WI)
  • Rt. 295 & 42/I-76 Direct Connection (Camden County, NJ)
  • Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement, I-278 over Newtown Creek (Kings and Queens Counties, New York City, NY)
  • Portsmouth Bypass (City of Portsmouth, Scioto County, OH)
  • LBJ Freeway (Dallas, TX)
  • North Tarrant Express (Fort Worth, TX)
  • SH 161 - President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension (Dallas County, TX)
  • I-95 HOT/HOV Lanes, Northern Segment (Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties, VA)
  • SR 520, Medina to SR 202:  Eastside Transit and HOV Project (Seattle, WA)

The Financial Plan Annual Updates 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)
  • I-15 Managed Lanes (San Diego County, CA)
  • I-215 San Bernardino North Corridor Project (from I-10 to I-210) (San Bernardino, 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)
  • 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)
  • I-465 West Leg Reconstruction (Accelerate 465) (Indianapolis, IN)
  • 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)
  • I-64, from Spoede Road to Sarah Street (St. Louis County, MO)
  • 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)
  • Cleveland Innerbelt (Cleveland, OH)
  • Montgomery IR 75 Reconstruction Project (Dayton, OH)
  • Eastern Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190) (Dallas County, TX)
  • SH 161 - President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension (Dallas County, TX)
  • SH 130 Segments 5 & 6 (Central Texas/Austin and San Antonio, TX)
  • Southwest Parkway (SH 121) (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes (Fairfax, VA)
  • Alaskan 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 active major projects.

  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement (Long Beach, CA)
  • SR 91 Corridor Improvement Project/HOT Lanes (Riverside, CA)
  • US 301, DE/MD Line to SR 1 (New Castle County, DE)
  • Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge Project (Jefferson County, KY and Clark County, IN)
  • I-69 SIU 14 (Greene County, IN)
    St. Croix River Crossing (Stillwater, MN and St. Joseph Township, WI)
  • Rt. 295 & 42/I-76 Direct Connection (Camden County, NJ)
  • Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement, I-278 over Newtown Creek (Kings and Queens Counties, New York City, NY)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Project Contract #6 (New York and Kings Counties, New York City, NY)
  • I-95 Betsy Ross Interchange and Bridge Street Ramps Reconstruction (Philadelphia, PA)
  • IH-35E Managed Lanes (Dallas and Denton), Phase I (Denton and Dallas Counties, TX)
  • Project Horseshoe IH-30/IH-35E (Dallas, TX)
  • I-95 HOT/HOV Lanes, Northern Segment (Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties, VA)
  • Tri-County Freeway, USH 10/441 (Winnebago County, WI)

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-710 South Expansion (Los Angeles County, CA)
  • Northwest Corridor Project (Cobb and Cherokee Counties, GA)
  • Elgin O'Hare Western By-Pass (Cook and DuPage Counties, IL)
  • Governor Harry W. Nice Bridge Improvement (Charles County, MD and King George County, VA)
  • Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement, (Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY)
  • Mid-Currituck Bridge (Currituck and Dare Counties, NC)
  • Brent Spence Bridge Project (Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY)
  • US Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project (Prince George, Sussex, Southampton, Isle of Wight, and Suffolk Counties, VA)

Project Management Plans

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

  • Birmingham Northern Beltline - BNB (Corridor X-1, AHS) (Birmingham, AL)
  • Presidio Parkway Project (San Francisco, CA)
  • SR 91 Corridor Improvement Project/HOT Lanes (Riverside, CA)
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement (Long Beach, CA)
  • SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (San Diego County, CA)
  • North I-25 Phase I ROD (Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld Counties, CO)
  • Central Powers Boulevard (El Paso County, CO)
  • Lake Bridges (US 68/KY 80 Reconstruction from Aurora, KY to Cadiz, KY) (Trigg and Marshall Counties, KY)
  • Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge (Jefferson County, KY and Clark County, IN)
  • St. Croix River Crossing (Stillwater, MN and St. Joseph Township, WI)
  • Kosciuszko Bridge Replacement, I-278 over Newtown Creek (Kings and Queens Counties, New York City, NY)
  • I-95 Betsy Ross Interchange and Bridge Street Ramps Reconstruction (Philadelphia, PA)

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 2012 - The Project Delivery Team and the National Highway Institute offered a 2-day National Highway Institute Course called "Addressing Uncertainty in Cost Estimating."
  • October 2011 - The Project Delivery Team implemented an updated Cost Estimate Review process. The most significant changes to the Cost Estimate Review process include the incorporation of a risk register and analysis of the project schedule.  Additionally, FHWA has begun delegating responsibilities for conducting cost estimate reviews in California to the California Department of Transportation based on the revised process.
  • January 22-26, 2012 - The Project Delivery Team staffed an exhibit booth at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The current status and the latest guidance for the management of major projects were available.
  • June 12-14, 2012 - The Project Delivery Team hosted the Project Oversight Managers Meeting in St. Louis, MO.  Over 80 FHWA Major Project Oversight Managers from around the country participated.  Presentations included information and training on specific major projects, financial plans, project management plans, cost estimate reviews, innovative financing, and various types of procurements.
  • July/August 2012 - 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 2012, 172 FHWA employees have received their Associate Certificates in Project Management.  Additionally, of these FHWA employees 25 received their Master Certificates in Project Management this year.
  • August 2012 - The Project Delivery Team began a series of quarterly Webinars for FHWA Project Oversight Managers.  Topics have included information on changes to major project oversight due to the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), current issues related to the development and delivery of major projects, and upcoming training opportunities.
  • August 2012 - The Project Delivery Team hosted Webinars for the FHWA Division Offices and external project stakeholders to introduce MAP-21 provisions related to FHWA Major Projects and to receive feedback regarding potential implementation of these provisions.

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

HOT=High Occupancy Toll

RABA=Revenue Aligned Budget Authority

RFP=Request for Proposals

ROD=Record of Decision

TBD=To Be Determined

TIFIA=Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

 

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