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ACTT Workshop: Montana
January 26-28, 2004, Missoula, Montana

Appendix C (continued): Skill Set Reporting Forms

  • Roadway Geometrics/Environmental
  • Innovative Financing
  • Right of Way, Utilities, Railroad
  • Structures
  • Geotechnical, Materials, and Pavements

Skill Sets:

Construction Skill Set

Construction Team Participants
Mike Brown, CSKT
Ellis Powell, North Carolina DOT
Gene Hoelker, FHWA NRC
Terry Wickman, MDT
Jim Mitchell, MDT
Paul Ferry, MDT
Jim Walther, MDT
Dean Jones, MDT
Rob Elliot, FHWA NRC
Matt Strizich, MDT
Paul Jagoda, MDT
Terry Zoller, Minnesota DOT
(Short Name)
(Detailed Description)
Implementation Details
(Barriers, Skill Set Coordination, etc.)
  • Involve contracting community in project reviews
  • Change sequence to a more logical order
Combine Projects
  • Group projects together for bigger contract, less contractors, shorter time frame
Notes recorded, but not entered into form:

Allow one lane traffic at night

  • Utilize for wildlife crossings and drainage structures
  • Use closure windows
  • Incentive/disincentive for opening to traffic
  • Modify sequence of operations for less traffic disruptions. Utilize waste/borrow techniques to accomplish.
  • Allow contractor to innovatively bid traffic control and sequence of operation. Use base bid and alternate bid?
  • Shop drawing review was discussed. The process needs to be streamlined or eliminated by the acceptance of PE stamped submittals.
  • R/W and utility moves by contractor.
  • Contractor staking and predetermined pay quantities. Use GPS for grade control.
  • Establish issue resolution process and project management team.
  • Coordinate letting of Jocko Bridge with the high water and Bull Trout restrictions.
  • Sequence as much work off the roadway as possible. Have incentive/disincentive for roadway disturbance time frame.
  • Upgrade haul roads to all weather surface and upgrade load capacity. Coordinate with road owners.
  • Mandatory pits and contractor optioned pits were discussed. Pros and cons were discussed and no agreement was reached on which method was best.
  • Preapproved staging areas was discussed and the possibility of restoring existing pits.
  • Contour grading was discussed. GPS?
  • Gravel hauled by train along the rail.
  • The use of site manager for the project management team was discussed.
  • Prepermitting was discussed.
  • CPM Schedule. Updates, new spec, schedule changes
  • Utilities and R/W. Include in contract? Expedite the process
  • Enforcement of do not disturb areas.
  • Environmental effects on utility relocations.
  • Water rights issues.
  • Mud Creek fill consolidation issues. Use light weight fills. Piles?

Traffic/Workzone Safety Skill Set

Traffic Team Members
Mark Baum, MDT
Greg Schertz, FHWA CFLHD
Pierre Jomini, MDT
Lloyd Rue, FHWA - Montana
Don Dusek, MDT
Mark Urban, HNTB
Glen Cameron, MDT
Stefan Streeter, MDT
Lissa Peel, CSKT
Notes recorded, but not entered into form:
  1. Elect Speaker Mark Urban, HNTB
  2. Introductions
  3. Work Zone Safety Goals
  4. Issues/Observations
  5. Brainstorming
  6. Worker Safety/Hygiene
Work Zone Safety Goals
  • No construction-related traffic accidents
  • Zero disabling worker injuries
  • Reduce or eliminate work zone congestion
  • Minimize cost growth
Initial Brainstorming/Issues
  • Consolidate projects into short duration vs. multiple projects over multi-years
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Maintain two way traffic at all times-how do we maintain the safety or flow of the traffic through the work site.
  • Balancing access vs. positive worker protection
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Lane widths - large loads and RV’s through work zone, construction materials
  • Elderly drivers
  • Seasonal conditions (winter shut down)
  • Traffic re-routing
  • Incident management/Emergency vehicles
    • Tow trucks/service patrols as part of contract
  • DUI's
  • Building Structures under traffic
  • Oversize loads - windows of opportunity
  • Night work
  • Staging of construction - sequence of operations - how much PTW open up before paving
  • Special event accommodations
  • Motorcycles/bicycles
  • School bus stops/routes
  • Traffic control plans submitted by contractor as part of bidding process
  • Tourist volumes/summer traffic
  • Multi-media motorist information
  • PTW edges/drop offs
  • Winter issues/drainage
  • Local Enforcement - MHP/temporary pullouts
  • Communications with public/Drivers
  • Temporary park and ride for public as well as workers
  • Worker safety and re-sourcing - fatigue, overwork
  • Construction Change Orders minimize for WZTC - traffic control supervision
  • Partnering
  • Don’t restrict contractor innovation/share benefits
  • Real time coordination among staff/contractors and between projects
  • Constructability review (independent)
    • Dwane Kailey - Projects have gone through a constructability review by MDT, design firm, design management firm
  • Pre-bid meeting (traffic controls)
  • Very detailed traffic control plans showing everything down to the last barrel
  1. Public Relations/ Community Involvement
    1. Communications
      1. Multi-media
      2. Project/corridor or alternate route
    2. Branding/Identity
      1. "Enjoy The Valley"
    3. Special events
    4. Emergency responders (fire, EMS, MHP, public lands)
    5. Schools
    6. Alternative transportation - TDM/Commuter’s
  2. User Issues
    1. Aggressive drivers
    2. School children/Bus drivers
    3. Impaired drivers
    4. Pedestrians
    5. Elderly
    6. Motorcycles/bicycles
    7. Tourist/RVs
    8. Property access
    9. Oversize loads/commercial vehicles
    10. Construction equipment/materials
  3. Design Issues
    1. Edge conditions
    2. Access/circulation vs. worker protection
    3. Structures built under traffic
    4. Detailed Traffic Control Plans
      1. Maintain bus stops
    5. Maintenance of traffic/winter shutdown
      1. Evaluating construction duration issues
    6. Enforcement provisions
      1. Temporary pull outs
    7. Re-routing/detouring locally
    8. Plan for alternate routes
      1. Suspend other construction/projects
      2. Short term/spot improvements
  4. Construction Field Operations
    1. Night work
    2. Staffing/Resources
      1. Resource Assessment
      2. MDT personnel
      3. Consultants
    3. Worker Safety
    4. Contractor administration
      1. Construction change orders
      2. Claims
    5. Traffic Rerouting
    6. Property access
    7. Enforcement
    8. Dust management
    9. Incident management
    10. Motorist information
    11. Worker access (park/ride)
  5. Contract
    1. Mega vs. Multiple
      1. Resource assessment
    2. Contractor innovation/VE
    3. Cost growth
    4. Coordination between contracts
    5. Bidding process for traffic control
    6. Partnering
    7. Traffic Control Supervisor
    8. Pre-bid Traffic Control meeting
    9. Traffic flow (two way traffic at all times)
    10. Public information
    11. End result specifications - Better
Day 2 - What have we heard? How does it apply to Traffic/Workzone Safety?
  • Off season / Nighttime work
    • Enhanced enforcement
      • DUI checks
    • Transportation from taverns
    • Tavern owner training
    • Pilot car at night
  • One lane travel at night - Explore use of one lane to provide for construction operations
    • Pilot cars
    • Enforcement
    • Provide one lane of travel in each direction, one on route and one off of route (detour)
  • Contract Idea
    • Incentive for off season work (contract idea)
    • Review timing and type of work for contract letting
  • Jacking and Boring
  • Mega vs. multi-project
    • Tie projects together
      • Different contracts for dirt work, paving, structures
  • Alternate traffic control bidding
  • Coordination committees/groups
  • Traffic control
Intermingling - Ideas / Comments by other groups
  • Barrier use
    • Review biological crossings with resource managers
  • Source water quality
    • Specification for dust control
  • One way traffic at night
    • Can this be done
    • Goal is to limit traffic congestion
  • Particular areas where two-way traffic may not be possible while construction is in process (ie. Ravalli Canyon)
  • Monitor the traffic congestion
    • Measure congestion somehow
    • Keep it simple to measure
  • Law enforcement within and/or tied to traffic control
  • Maintain consistency of signs through out the projects
    • Standard message set
  • Hire outside media control
    • Works with contractor on a daily basis to update
  • ITS should be served under traffic control
    • Work in coordination with PR
    • Keep up to date all DMS/HAR
    • Maintain weekly meetings for updates in construction or upon any construction changes
  • Traffic Queuing
    • Expected travel time delays
    • Unexpected events (crashes)
  • Utilities
    • Proper traffic control
    • Increased training
    • Increased enforcement to follow proper traffic control
    • Included in contract to reflect increased standard
    • Better monitoring by MDT
  • Incident management
  • Cameras
    • Use real time to monitor progress of construction
    • Monitor traffic
  • Contract
    • Incentives/disincentives
    • Possibly tie to number of crashes
  • Will be A + B bidding
    • B portion will only apply when impacting the user
Final recommendations
  • Detailed Traffic Management Plan
    • Traffic Control Plan
      • Pedestrian traffic control, Elderly
      • Property Access
      • Wildlife concerns
      • Regular coordination meetings
    • Enforcement (ie. Speed and impaired drivers)
      • Pullouts
    • Alternate Route Plan
    • Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
      • Carpool, Public transportation
    • Coordinating Construction Practice
      • Time of day / Night
      • Pilot Cars
    • Incident Management Plan
      • EMS, Hazmat
      • Service Patrols
      • Regular coordination meetings
    • Motorist Information
      • Standard or typical message sets
      • ITS
  • 511, Signs, HAR, DMS
  • Cameras
    • Networking
  • Car Rental
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • Motor Carrier Services (MCS)
  • AAA
    • Special Events
  • Resource Assessment
    • Mega vs. Multiple Projects
    • Personnel Resource Assessment
      • Number of
      • Skills
      • Duties
      • Partnering - Inter-agency
    • Contracting Practice
      • Lump sum vs. Unit price
    • Training / Certification
    • Traffic Control Methods
    • Worker Safety
  • Detailed Sequence of Operations
    • Attacking PTW
    • "How it will be built"
    • Length of operations
    • Contractor input
    • Surfacing requirements
  • Special Provisions / Unique Standard Details
    • Incentive clauses
      • Worker / crashes
    • Dust Management
      • Water quality control
    • Alternate measurement / Payment
      • Lump Sum
      • Cost Savings
      • Daily maintenance rates
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