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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-18-045    Date:  September 2018
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-18-045
Date: September 2018


FHWA Research And Technology Evaluation: Managing Risk In Rapid Renewal Projects

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The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Research and Technology (R&T) Program furthers the FHWA Office of Research, Development, and Technology’s goal of ensuring transparency, accessibility, and responsiveness of R&T for all stakeholders.

This report examines how the program Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects, implemented by FHWA with assistance from the second Strategic Highway Research Program, influenced State transportation departments’ incorporation of new risk-management practices and achievement of cost and schedule savings.

This report should be of interest to practitioners, researchers, and decisionmakers involved in the planning and execution of infrastructure projects.

Hari Kalla, P.E.
Associate Administrator, Office of Research,
Development, and Technology


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4. Title and Subtitle

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects

5. Report Date

September 2018

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7. Author(s)

Alison Bisch and Joseph Luna

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
United States Department of Transportation
55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report; November 2015–December 2017

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15. Supplementary Notes

The Research and Technology Program Manager and Contracting Officer's Representative was John Moulden (HRTM-10).

16. Abstract

In March 2013, the States of Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Pennsylvania were selected as lead adopters of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) product Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects (R09). This report evaluates those States’ progress in disseminating R09 concepts to staff, adopting R09 concepts into State procedures, and realizing project cost and time savings. Though these States initially found the spreadsheet-based risk-management tool associated with R09 too complex and Minnesota ultimately opted out of R09 adoption, the remaining lead-adopter States succeeded in disseminating R09 to staff, adopting R09-inspired risk-management procedures, and tailoring this R09 tool and workshops to their needs. It is still too early to rigorously examine cost and time savings that result from the risk-mitigation strategies presented during the R09 workshops, but Oregon and Arizona (a SHRP2 Round-4 R09 user) presented projects that realized time and cost savings due to R09. This report provides recommendations on how to improve the adoption of risk-management procedures and lessons learned from these lead adopters and should be of especial interest to other State and local transportation departments that are interested in implementing innovative risk-management procedures.

17. Key Words

risk management, risk register, rapid renewal, SHRP2

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

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