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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

D2−1: High Impact Project Task Forces

DESCRIPTION:

A "High Impact Project Task Force" is a task force formed during the project development phase. At the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the members of the task force are from various disciplines, and they are charged to examine and review all aspects of the project which may impact the traveling public (motorists). This practice has been used for more than 10 years and has been integrated with MoDOT's project managers.

The members of the task force employ various methods for examining the impacts, such as value engineering targeted to reduce contract time and motorist impacts; input from the public and road user groups; and input from local businesses, communities and elected officials on traffic management plans.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

Examples of success include the formation of a multi−agency partnership to reduce traffic on an I−70 bridge rehabilitation in St. Louis. Public and private agencies worked together to promote and implement traffic demand management strategies.

Another major bridge rehabilitation project required revised traffic routing. Impacted businesses and the public provided input on the traffic management plan that revealed an operational problem. A solution was identified and included in the construction project proposal.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Formation of the high impact project task force has resulted in reduced construction time, less impact to the traveling public through recommended revisions to traffic management plans, better understanding and buy in of the traffic management plan by the users, and the use of new techniques to monitor traffic through construction.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

Freeways, major bridges, expressways, complex interchanges in urban or rural areas where high volumes of vehicles are using the roadway system.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Missouri

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Jason Vanderfeltz, Missouri DOT
Phone: (573) 522−9731
E−mail: Jason.Vanderfeltz@modot.mo.gov

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