AASHTO Journal, 21 June 2013
As part of the Implementation Assistance Program for SHRP2 announced last week (see related AASHTO Journal story here), FHWA will be sponsoring webinars that will provide detailed information on each of the products to be included in the second round of applications. The tentative schedule was announced this week at the SHRP2 Oversight Committee and includes:
- Thursday, July 18, Railroad-DOT Institutional Mitigation Strategies (R16)
- Tuesday, July 23, Expedited Project Delivery (C19)
- Wednesday, July 24, Performance Specifications for Rapid Highway Renewal (R07)
- Friday, July 26, Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects (R09)
The schedule also anticipates that the application process for the second round will begin on August 2, with September 6 as the application deadline.
These SHRP2 Solutions as well as more than 25 others offer state and local transportation agencies new technologies, techniques, and innovations that can assist them in addressing challenges such as rebuilding their aging infrastructure, ensuring a more reliable (and less congested) highway network, and improving safety. SHRP2 implementation is being conducted jointly by the Federal Highway Administration, AASHTO, and the Transportation Research Board.
The first round of assistance was announced in February, intended to help state transportation departments deploy new products developed under SHRP2. At that time, six SHRP2 research products were selected for implementation opportunities, including a tool kit and standard designs to accelerate bridge construction; new planning methods to conserve green spaces and protect the environment during highway construction; two sets of next generation project management tools to address both complex projects and risk; tools to improve operations; and preservation options for high-volume roadways. About 120 applications were submitted by 38 states and the District of Columbia for the $10.5 million available in the first round.
For additional information on SHRP2, including just-posted presentations from the recent NASTO and AASHTO Subcommittee on Design meetings, go to SHRP2.transportation.org.