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					                                            AASHTO Highway
                                       Subcommittee on Construction
                                            2009 Summer Meeting
                                                 Chicago, IL




FHWA UPDATE
Butch Wlaschin
Director, Office of Asset Management
Federal Highway Administration
                        Recent Losses to the
                           FHWA Family


• Jim Sorenson




• Vince Barone


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  Administration                               2
           Presentation Overview

     • New Administration

     • Update on Recovery Act and
       Reauthorization

     • Construction Program Evaluations

     • Domestic and International Scans

     • Other FHWA Programs & Initiatives
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                       New Administration

• Victor Mendez, ADOT – Former AASHTO
  President

• Greg Nadeau, Maine DOT – Director of
  Policy

• New Public Affairs

• New Chief Counsel


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  Administration                            4
                               Reauthorization

• House very active – $500B – 6 year bill

• Senate more inclined to get an 18 month
  extension with no changes

• Both have passed and sent to WH $7B stop
  gap provision

• WH – Administration proposal looking for an
  18 month extension with program changes
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Recovery Act Update

 • 64% money obligated

 • As of May 31, FHWA reported 4,798 full
   time equivalent jobs

 • 400% Increase from March and April

 • $35/hour average pay



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Recovery Act Update

• 2,406 projects under construction

• Roughly 2/3 of ARRA funds spent on
  maintenance and preservation projects.

• David Winter will fill you in next




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Recovery Act
Competitive Procedures S. 1554

• All contracts must be awarded through
  competitive procedures

• Exceptions must be reported to the
  Recovery and Accountability and
  Transparency Board and posted on their
  web site (example public agency force
  account approval under 23 CFR 635.204)

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Recovery Act
Buy America Provisions



         • Due to the Applicability of
           Title 23 Requirements in Title
           XII, there will be no changes
           in our BA implementation for
           ARRA projects



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Recovery Act
Buy America Provisions

        • FHWA’s BA statutory
          provisions in 23 USC 313
          and our regulatory policies
          in 23 CFR 635.410 apply.

        • Notifications of waivers will
          be posted on the FHWA Buy
          America Waiver web site and
          published in the Federal
          Register.
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  Administration                          10
   Recovery Act
   Davis Bacon Requirements


         • Davis Bacon will apply to all
           ARRA projects (the existing
           exclusion for local roads
           and rural minor collectors
           will not apply).



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     Recovery Act
     Davis Bacon Requirements


       • This is the result of the
         “Notwithstanding any other
         provision of law and in a
         manner consistent with other
         provisions of this Act…”
         language in Section 1606.


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   Recovery Act
   Risk Management Plan
   Key Risk Areas

   • Local Public Agency            • Quality Assurance
     (LPA) Oversight
                                    • DBE Program
   • PS&E Quality
                            • Eligibility/Improper
   • Contract Administration Payments

   • Indian Reservation             • Achievement of
     Roads Program                    Program Goals

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          Recovery Act
          Risk Management Plan
      Not Business as Usual
      • Division Office Oversight
      • National Oversight
      • Communication and Education
      • Sharing Risk with Partners
      • Measures and Monitoring
      • Reassessment and Feedback
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      Construction Program Evaluations

                An Update -
       • Steering group established in July 2008 to
         lead planning efforts


       • Draft Evaluation Guide developed for 6 focus
         areas
                – Staffing, Pre-Construction, Contract Admin.,
                  Quality, Safety and Process Improvement



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       Construction Program Evaluations

                An Update -
       • Future Actions
                – Develop SOP’s, establish evaluation teams, training
                  and identify pilot State(s) to evaluate



       • CPE’s vs. ARRA National Reviews
                – How do they differ from one another?




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   Construction Program Evaluations

       Updated Timeline -
        Sept 2009:          Final Evaluation Guide
        Fall 2009:          SOP’s and finalized format
        Fall 2009:          Establish Evaluation Teams
        Winter 2010:        Conduct Team Training
        Winter 2010:        Identify CPE Pilot States
        Spring 2010:        Conduct 1st Pilot Evaluations
             Summer 2010: Assessment of evaluation
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2009 Domestic Scan of
Accelerated Construction Practices
       • AASHTO/ FHWA team conducted the scan in March
         2009 with stops in FL, AL, TX, UT and CA

       • Purpose – To identify construction operational and
         management practices that support accelerated
         construction and project delivery

       • Scope – Evaluated practices in construction
         acceleration for emergency situations and a DOT
         program and planned project

       • Full scan report to be published in December 2009


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2008 International Right-of-Way and
Utilities Scan

       • Purpose – Identify practices to better integrate right-of-
         way and utility activities into the project development
         and delivery processes

       •      Key findings – “Alliance Contracting” approach; non-
             adversarial right-of-way acquisition; improved working
             relationship with utility industry at all levels.

       • Final report available at:
         http://international.fhwa.dot.gov/pubs/pl09011/




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             Work Zone Safety and Mobility
             Rule Status
                 • All 52 States have fully met initial compliance
                   requirements
                          – Approved WZ policy, definition for significant projects,
                            procedures for TMPs, training plan



                 • Agencies should be implementing their WZ
                   policy and procedures on all Federal-aid
                   highway projects going to bid after October 12,
                   2007 unless a project exception was obtained


                 • At the project level, observe and provide
                   feedback on TMPs for process improvement

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                     Temporary Traffic Control
                     Devices Rule Status

   • The Final Rule on Temporary Traffic
     Control Devices was developed in
     response to section 1110 of SAFETEA-
     LU
   • - Decrease WZ fatalities and injuries
   • - Build on WZ Safety and Mobility Rule
   • - December 4, 2008 compliance date

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                     Temporary Traffic Control
                     Devices Rule Status (cont.)

   • 37 States currently in compliance


   • 15 States still in process of achieving
     full compliance – majority of these are
     close




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             Work Zone Rule Implementation
             Support
• FHWA continues to provide support for
  implementation
       – Process Review Toolbox – Now available at
         http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/prtoolbox/pr_toolbox.htm
       – Implementation Examples – Regularly adding new
         examples to our website
         www.fhwa.dot.gov/workzones
       – WZ Analysis Guides – New leaflet, a guide for
         decision-makers, and a guide for analysts now
         available at
         http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/traffic_analysis/index.htm



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Work Zone Rule Implementation
Support (cont.)


       – WZ ITS Assessment Report and White Paper on
         Managing WZ Impacts with Technology – Now
         available at http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/its/index.htm
       – Training -
         http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/outreach.htm
                • NHI Advanced WZ Management and Design - available
                • FHWA Law Enforcement in WZs – available
                • WZ Safety Grants courses - available




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Other Resources

 • WZ Peer-to-Peer Program
   (http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/p2p/index.htm)

 • Office of Operations WZ website
   (http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/index.asp)




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Value Engineering Program

    • Regulatory update anticipated 2009-2010

    • Continued outreach and guidance

    • Promotion of successful practices

    • Defining success with VE Program

    • Value Engineering Change Proposals

    • FHWA’s VE Accomplishment Reports are available at:
          http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ve/vereport.cfm


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Training Opportunities

               • National Highway Institute
                       – www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov
               • Transportation Curriculum
                 Coordination Council (TCCC)
                       – http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/tccc/

               • National Transportation Training
                 Resources database
                       – www.nttr.dot.gov
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New Training Courses in 2009


       •     Inspection of Bridge Rehabilitation
             Projects

       •     Risk-based Cost Estimating for Major
             Projects (scheduled to be available in FY
             2008)

       •     Maintenance Leadership Academy

       •     Environmental Factors in Construction &
             Maintenance Operations
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New Training Courses in 2009


      • Advanced Emulsion Technology for
        Pavement Preservation and
        Rehabilitation

      •     Construction Engineers Academy

      •     Free web-based training modules




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 Administration                               29
National Highway Specification Website


               Web Site Improvements -

                Updated Content
                        – Standard specifications
                        – Expanded alternative and emerging
                          specifications
                        – Construction Manuals
                        – Links to standard plans

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National Highway Specification Website


               Web Site Improvements -
               • Improved Functionality
                       – Administrative procedures
                       – Enhanced search capabilities

               • Web-based training
                       – Administrative procedures
                       – 508 compliance
                       www.specs.fhwa.dot.gov
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Additional Topics



 The use of federal-aid funds can now
   be used for conferences, NHI
   training, etc. were PDH’s/CEU’s are
   given




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                      Thank You


                           Questions?


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