AASHTO Journal, 13 September 2013
Forty-six applications were submitted for the second round of products developed through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Federal Highway Administration announced this week. In total, 23 states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) applied for implementation assistance being offered by AASHTO and FHWA. This current round comes just months after the first round of implementation assistance was announced in May for 34 states and the District of Columbia (see related AASHTO Journal story here).
The opportunities for implementation assistance included lead adopter and user incentive awards for four different products:
- Performance Specifications for Rapid Renewal (R07)
- Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects (R09)
- Railroad–DOT Mitigation Strategies (R16)
- Expediting Project Delivery (C19)
“We are very pleased to see how engaged state departments of transportation are in implementing SHRP2 products,” said Michael P. Lewis, AASHTO President and Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director. “SHRP2 has yielded very promising research for the field of transportation and will bring true value to our members through innovation, next generation processes, and new practices that can be integrated into their business practices. AASHTO is excited about our members committing to implementing these innovative products.”
|User Incentive||Lead Adopter||Proof of Concept Pilot|
|—Includes funds for implementation support activities after early adopter use.||—Includes funds for early adopters to offset implementation costs and mitigate risks.||—Includes funds for piloting products to evaluate readiness for implementation.|
|—Used to conduct internal assessments, build capacity, implement system process changes, organize peer exchanges, and offset other implementation costs.||—Recipients required to provide specific deliverables designed to further refine the product and possibly “champion” the product to other states and localities||—Contractor support to collect data and evaluate the application.|
An announcement regarding the final award recipients will be made mid-October.
For more information on SHRP2 and the Implementation Assistance Program, please visit shrp2.transportation.org or contact AASHTO’s SHRP2 Implementation Manager, Pam Hutton, at phutton AT aashto.org or (303) 263-1212.