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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-010
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Get ready for SHRP 2 Solutions, the tools you need for the road ahead.
Launched in 2006 as a partnership among the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Transportation Research Board, the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) has conducted more than 100 research projects designed to meet a range of pressing problems facing the Nation’s roadway system. The result is an array of advanced tools and technologies for improving highway safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity.
FHWA will offer a series of opportunities in 2013 for States and other stakeholders to use new SHRP 2 products as they are rolled out. The first seven products will be introduced in a February 2013 product deployment solicitation from FHWA.
Integrated Ecological Framework (Product C06)–The tool provides a step-by-step process for making timely project decisions within an ecological framework, effectively integrating conservation with transportation planning.
Organizational Assessment and Leadership to Improve Operation–This suite of guides and tools will assist transportation agencies in better managing traffic operations and improving travel time reliability. Guides include Integrating Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (Product L01) and Institutional Architecture to Advance Operational Strategies (Product L06).
Accelerated Bridge Construction Design Toolkit (Product R04)–The toolkit provides standard design details, specifications, and a guide manual, enabling agencies to use prefabricated elements to accelerate bridge replacements more cost effectively.
Preservation Approaches for High-Traffic-Volume Roadways and Guidelines for Preservation of High-Traffic-Volume Roadways (Product R26)–Agencies can use this report and its companion guidelines to apply proven pavement preservation strategies to high-volume roads. The publications document successful practices and provide selection matrices to help match specific high-volume traffic situations with the best available treatments.
Next Generation Strategies for Managing Complex Projects (Product R10) and Guide for the Process of Managing Risk on Rapid Renewal Contracts (Product R09)–These guides provide practical tools and techniques to optimize innovation, minimize schedule and budget risks, and build better projects. By applying these approaches to all sizes and types of complex highway projects, project managers can better identify, plan for, and manage risks to reduce schedule and cost impacts.
The FHWA solicitation will advertise technical assistance opportunities for which State transportation agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and others can apply. Opportunities will include hosting a pilot project, serving as an “early adopter” or Lead State for the technology, or receiving assistance from FHWA in using the new product. FHWA expects to offer a second round of technical assistance opportunities this summer.
“We are seeing a lot of interest from States in participating in SHRP 2 product implementation,” said Amy Lucero, Director of Technical Services at FHWA. “Having lead adopter States will go a long way in helping us get to the tipping point that is crucial to successful implementation.”
SHRP 2 Product Implementation Webinars
FHWA and AASHTO will host three Webinars in February 2013 spotlighting SHRP 2 product implementation. Participants can learn more about SHRP 2 Solutions, find out about upcoming solicitations for product deployment opportunities, and become familiar with the criteria for participating in deployment.
February 4, 2013, 3–4 p.m. (eastern standard time)–Capacity products, including Implementing Eco-Logical (Product C06B). To register, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25673.
February 7, 2013, 2–3 p.m. (eastern standard time)–Reliability products, including Organizational Assessment and Leadership to Improve Operation (Products L01/L06). Registration is available at www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25674.
February 8, 2013, 2–4 p.m. (eastern standard time)–Renewal products, including Accelerated Bridge Construction Design Toolkit (Product R04), Next Generation Project Management Tools for Managing Risks and Complex Projects (Products R09/R10), and Pavement Preservation Options for High-Volume Roadways (Product R26). To register, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25691.
Information on accelerated bridge construction and other SHRP 2 Solutions is available at http://shrp2.transportation.org.
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