April 18, 2019
Innovation of the Month:
Last week, we showed you how project bundling could save your agency time, achieve economies of scale, and maintain critical transportation assets. Did you know that it could also help your agency reduce project backlogs and achieve program goals?
The Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico delivered nine projects and created an economic stimulus package for the community in a construction manager/general contractor contract bundle. Projects ranged from repair and stabilization of a retaining wall to full-depth roadway reconstruction. The Pueblo of Acoma completed construction of all projects in 18 months and saved $1.15 million on the $6.9 million budget which could be reprogrammed on additional projects.
The Missouri Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) $685 million Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program was another bundling effort that replaced or rehabilitated 802 bridges. In 3.5 years, 554 bridges were replaced via a single design-build (D-B) contract and the other 248 were rehabilitated using small bridge bundles grouped by location, size, or type of improvement. These smaller bundles used a modified design-bid-build approach, which allowed construction to be expedited. This program was completed 18 months sooner than expected and more than a year ahead of the design-build contractor's promised schedule.
Visit FHWA's Bundled Facilities Overview web page for more examples, case studies, and lessons learned on project bundling.
If you would like more information or technical assistance with project bundling, contact Romeo Garcia of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Infrastructure or David Unkefer of the FHWA Resource Center.
Deadline approaches for Accelerating Market Readiness proposals
April 22 marks the closing date for proposals under the Broad Agency Announcement for the Accelerating Market Readiness (AMR) program. The AMR program will assist in transitioning innovations from research to practice. Up to $3 million in funding will be available to conduct activities such as field assessments of innovations emerging from the research process and reporting on how the innovations performed in a real-world setting. Contact the FHWA Contracting Officer for questions on the AMR program and the application process.
Virtual Public Involvement initiative launches webinar series
Is your agency looking to enhance public engagement? Public involvement tools and practices have expanded and shifted dramatically over the past decade due to changes in communications, technology, and lifestyles. As transportation professionals, we can no longer expect the public to come to us, but need to reach them in their everyday lives–online, at home, and in chosen gathering spaces.
EDC's Virtual Public Involvement initiative is developing a short video series highlighting innovative and proven public involvement techniques for today's transportation plans and projects to help practitioners navigate this changing environment. The techniques will be featured in a webinar series, beginning April 25, 2019. Register now.
If you'd like to learn more about enhancing public engagement, please contact Scott Allen at Scott.Allen@dot.gov
Every Day Counts, a State-based program of the Federal Highway Administration’s Center for Accelerating Innovation, works with State, local, and private sector partners to encourage the adoption of proven technologies and innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery.