June 2, 2016
Innovation of the Month: Stakeholder Partnering
The Every Day Counts innovation of the month for June is stakeholder partnering, which helps local, state and federal agencies collaborate to increase program compliance and streamline the project delivery process under the Federal-Aid Highway Program.
Local agencies own about 75 percent of all roads and more than half of the nation’s bridges. About 20 percent of the Federal-Aid Highway Program budget goes to fund local projects.
Partnering has been used to improve delivery of local transportation projects since the late 1980s. The focus in the third round of EDC is on applying that model of success at the programmatic level to enhance delivery of local projects.
Stakeholder partnering on local projects is an institutionalized practice in 17 states, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s latest report on EDC-3 progress. Another 21 states are making progress on their efforts to establish stakeholder partnering groups or developing an implementation process.
Local Public Agency Stakeholder Partnering Webinar for details on the state of the practice and available resources.
Indiana Peer Exchange Reviews Performance-Based Planning
A regional models of cooperation peer exchange enabled Indiana and Ohio organizations to share strategies on performance-based planning and programming. Representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations and FHWA welcomed colleagues from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency at the May 25 workshop. Participants discussed the importance of improving data sharing and developing scalable performance measures for large and small metropolitan planning organizations.
Construction Manager/General Contractor Accelerates New Mexico Projects
University of Rhode Island Hosts Transportation Forum
Washington Design-Build Project Wins Award
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s State Route 520 pontoon construction project won an Associated General Contractors 2016 Build Washington Award. The SR 520 pontoon design-build project involved two elements: designing and building a pontoon-casting facility and constructing 33 concrete pontoons to support the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington. The pontoon-casting facility in Grays Harbor County included a concrete batch plant, on-site water treatment and pontoon-casting basin.