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Semi-Annual Reports to WSDOT

Semi-Annual Project Delivery Report
With data from Federal FY 2013 Quarters 1 & 2 (October - March 2013)
Issue XIII, July 17, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Washington Division (WADIV) has developed the following Project Delivery Report which highlights some of the broad array of activities / initiatives / approvals we perform to assist the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and local agencies in delivering projects.


WSDOT and FHWA Washington Division Deliver Huge Program in Past 10 Years

Below are two charts showing the huge number of federal-aid projects and the corresponding total project dollars (state and federal) delivered by WSDOT and the FHWA Washington Division the past 10 federal fiscal years (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). The chart immediately below “Projects with Federal-aid” includes the total number projects (4821) on which there was some percentage of federal-aid and which were completed and opened-to-traffic by Sept. 30, 2012. The second chart entitled “Project Dollars” includes all state and federal-aid dollars spent (over $12.5 billion combined!) on those completed and opened-to-traffic projects. This is quite a notable achievement for WSDOT and the FHWA Washington Division and one in which we should all take great pride!

Graph: Projects with Federal-aid (4,821)


Graph: Project Dollars


Bar Graph: Approval of ER Damage Inspection Reports

This chart shows the timeliness of approval for emergency relief (ER) damage inspection reports. Our goal is to approve 90% of these reports within 10 days of receipt.

  • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2013 we fell 27% short of our goal.
  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY2012 we fell 23% short of our goal.
  • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2012 we were within our goal of 90%.
  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY2011 we fell 7% short of our goal.
  • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2011 we fell 10% short of our goal.
  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY 2010 we fell 15% short of our goal due to the increase Recovery Act work load and internal staff turnover.
  • For the 1st/2nd quarters of FY 2010 we fell 7% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 83% of the damage inspection reports within 10 days of receipt.
  • For the 3rd/4th quarters of FY2009 we fell 16% short of our goal due to the increased work load resulting from the Recovery Act. We approved 74% of the

Bar Graph: Approval of Documented Categorical Exclusions

This chart shows the timeliness of approval of documented categorical exclusions (DCEs) semi-annually from FY2007 to FY2012.

As the chart depicts, we are approving the vast majority of DCEs within the first 10 days of receipt.

OTHER APPROVALS / ACTIONS

Environmental Document Approvals

Design Approvals

Design Deviations


Timeliness of Authorizations / Modifications
(All Federal-aid Projects Including ARRA)

Number of Days 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
0 to 5 Days 780 858 724 1327 1463 1456 943 1451 1645 2261 1936 1791 1655
6 to 10 Days 241 307 121 90 101 103 68 175 128 113 131 41 35
11 to 15 Days 77 109 39 10 22 24 13 37 12 7 18 7 1
16 to 20 Days 29 34 21 5 3 8 1 18 5 1 3 2 0
20 + Days 152 68 98 52 15 17 8 16 13 5 1 0 0
Totals 1279 1376 1003 1484 1604 1608 1033 1697 1803 2387 2089 1841 1691

This table reflects the number of authorizations / modifications approved within certain timeframes since 2000.

  • For FY2012 our approval is at 98%. The 98% exceeded our goal of 90%!

(Note: the FY begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following year.)


EVERY DAY COUNTS II

Every Day Counts (EDC) was deployed by FHWA in 2010. Its purpose was to identify ways to shorten project delivery time for construction projects from conception to completion and deploy innovation aimed at enhancing the safety of our roadways, and protecting the environment.

A second wave of innovations rolled out in 2012. A summit, designed to discussed these initiatives in detail was held in Portland on November 29-30, 2012.

The following 13 innovations were introduced and are being marketed to the states, locals, and the design and construction industries:

Since the summit where these initiatives were discussed in detail with states and locals representatives, multiple summits, webinars and training sessions have been held for the following innovations: SHRP2; High-friction Surface Treatment; Geospatial Data Collaboration; Intersections and Interchange Geometrics; and Implementing Quality Environmental Documentation.


Environmental Programmatic Agreements Streamline Project Delivery

The FHWA Washington Division has worked with WSDOT and Federal and State agency partners to develop programmatic agreements (PA) to streamline the environmental process for federal-aid projects in Washington. In 2012, 72% of federal-aid projects were exempted from Section 106 review under the Statewide PA between WSDOT, FHWA, and the  Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP). Of those projects, 4% (7 projects) were also exempt under the Section 106 PA between WSDOT, FHWA, DAHP, and the US Forest Service (USFS).

In March of 2013, a new PA for Categorical Exclusions (CEs) was signed and put into effect. This new programmatic supersedes the 2009 CE per memorandum of understanding (MOU). The CE per MOU resulted in delegation to WSDOT of 62% of CE decisions. This new PA significantly expands the number of projects that can qualify to be certified by WSDOT so it’s expected the percentage will increase substantially. Preliminary reporting from the first quarter shows that 82% of WSDOT’s Office of Highways & Local Programs (H&LP) CE projects have been certified by WSDOT under the new PA!


STREAMLINING ESA

In December 2012, a programmatic biological opinion (PBO) was signed by both NMFS and WSDOT that ensures adequate documentation and compliance with the intent of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

This streamlining measure eliminates the need to prepare biological assessments for many of the minor projects that have the same kinds of work items covered by the previously approved maintenance agreement.

The PBO reduces the review time from 42 days for informal consultations and 260 days for formal consultations to 30 days in total. It uses a simple form and covers most of the species for many routine projects. Since implementation of this programmatic four projects have been approved, one fast track and two are currently in process. The new programmatic should not only provide a streamlined process for the NMFS consultations, but should increase the use of the USFWS programmatic, as well. (Note: FHWA and WSDOT have had a programmatic endangered species act (ESA) agreement in place with USFWS for over 5 years. Since 2012 42% of the projects which required an informal or formal consultation have used the programmatic.)

Approval of Documented Categorical Exclusions - This chart shows the timeliness of approval of documented categorical exclusions (DCEs) semi-annually from FY2007 to FY2012.


For more information contact:
Dan Mathis
Division Administrator
FHWA Washington Division
360-753-9480
Daniel.Mathis@dot.gov
Yamilée P. Volcy
SW and Eastern Regions Area Engineer
FHWA Washington Division
360-753-9552
Yamilee.Volcy@dot.gov
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