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Project Management Plans Guidance and Resource Documents

FHWA Project Management Plan Guidance (January 2009)
This FHWA document, released in January 2009, serves to assist the recipient of Federal financial assistance in the preparation of a Project Management Plan to meet the requirements of SAFETEA-LU. The intent of the guidance is to provide a general framework for a Project Management Plan that will most effectively serve the STA, the FHWA and other sponsoring agencies throughout the project continuum.

In this document, references are made to the FHWA "Major Projects Team." Please note that the FHWA has since renamed this team to "Project Delivery Team" and should now be referenced as such.

Project Management Plan Guidance Questions
This list prepared in March 2007 identifies a number of thinking points for states to consider when developing a Project Management Plan for major projects. These issues often take on a different degree of emphasis when planning and executing a mega-project.

From Community Involvement to the Final Product: Marketing Mega Projects & Public Trust, University of Maryland University College (2004) (PDF)
Major projects are defined as projects with an estimated total cost of at least $1 billion or projects approaching $1 billion with a high level of interest by the public, Congress, or the Administration. This University of Maryland Study discusses the key factors in managing public trust and confidence, marketing plans and strategies as well as action/implementation plans for such projects.

Large Project Management and Oversight (PDF)
Prepared by the Department of Transportation for The Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government and The House Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies, this report responds to the large project management and oversight issues identified by Congress and covers broad agency-wide initiatives and specific activities related to large Federal-aid highway projects. Strategies for FHWA to Improve Large Project Management and Oversight are presented and discussed.

Public Roads Megaprojects - Are you ready for one?
This July/August 2004 Issue of the Public Roads - a bimonthly magazine issued by the FHWA - contains ten articles on mega projects, covering a range of topics, from building public trust to the challenges of intermodal projects.

*Prior to the enactment of SAFETEA-LU in August 2005, projects with over $1 billion in construction costs were designated as "Mega Projects". SAFETEA-LU has lowered the monetary threshold from an estimated total cost of $1 billion to $500 million or greater, and the term "Mega Project" has since been eliminated and replaced with the term "Major Project."

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