The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration have
released a report containing recommendations on how states can reduce highway
project delivery time and costs.
The report, “Strategies for Reducing Highway Project Delivery Time
and Cost,” shares success stories from states facing budget crises. It found
that the three leading causes of delay were the environmental permitting
process, acquiring rights-of-way and relocating utilities.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation, for example, was able
to expedite its permitting process by focusing on improving relationships and
communications with environmental oversight agencies. NJDOT is now working on
the rights-of-way and utility relocation delays.
In addition to NJDOT, the report includes contributions by
departments of transportation in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.
The report is available for
downloading from the AASHTO Web site by visiting the Committee on Quality's
page at http://quality.transportation.org/community/quality/portal.nsf/Home?OpenForm.