May 5, 2016
Innovation of the Month: 3D Engineered Models: Schedule, Cost and Post-Construction
The Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation of the month for May is 3D engineered models, which depict highway facilities in an accurate, easy-to-view way. After promoting this technology for design and construction in EDC-2, the Federal Highway Administration is encouraging states in EDC-3 to expand its use to other project delivery phases and add 4D and 5D to their modeling practices.
Already, 25 states and Federal Lands Highway are deploying 3D engineered models for construction or planning to make it a standard practice. Three states—Iowa, Michigan and Missouri—have mainstreamed the practice.
Watch sessions in the 3D Engineered Models webinar series to learn more about 3D, 4D and 5D models.
Illinois Signs Agreement on First Responder Training
Leaders of the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation signed a revised joint operational policy agreement on April 19. The new agreement—which updates a 2004 agreement—fosters greater cooperation by clearly establishing each agency’s jurisdictional responsibilities. It strengthens the framework and components of traffic incident management responder training to prepare the state’s first responders to clear traffic incidents quickly and safely. It also clarifies public notification procedures for crashes and adverse weather conditions.
Kansas Makes Progress on Johnson County Gateway
The Kansas Department of Transportation continues to make progress on the Johnson County Gateway, the state’s first major design-build project. The project is designed to improve safety and relieve congestion on the I-435/I-35/K-10 interchange. The westbound I-435 to southbound I-35 flyover interchange ramp is open to traffic, and the eastbound to northbound ramp is set to open in mid-May. Construction on the $288 million project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.
Missouri Shares e-Construction Experiences With Illinois
Representatives of the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation conducted an e-Construction peer exchange on April 26. After Illinois DOT staff provided an overview of the agency’s vision to adopt paperless business practices over the next two years, Missouri DOT staff discussed the e-Construction technology it uses. A software demonstration by a Missouri DOT resident engineer provided a hands-on perspective of e-Construction on an active project.
Washington, D.C., Plans Neighborhood Bike Network
The District Department of Transportation and FHWA collaborated with the Royal Netherlands Embassy on a ThinkBike workshop April 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. The workshop brought together Washington-area transportation planners, Dutch bicycle transportation experts and cyclists to design a bike network plan for a neighborhood in the nation’s capital. The group focused on intersection conflicts, bike parking and road diet options. ThinkBike workshops are designed to help U.S. communities improve bicycle infrastructure.