AASHTO details ways to speed highway projects, reduce costs

| Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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.

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