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07-02 — Best Practices in Accelerated Construction Techniques

Damaged by a tanker fire on April 29th, 2007, the I-580 connector in the “MacArthur Maze” in Oakland, CA was rebuilt and carrying traffic on May 24th, 2007 – 26 days after the accident.

A typical highway project, allowing for planning, design and construction, can take from 10 to 15 years from inception to completion of construction. This extended duration has very real consequences for the American public and, consequently, transportation agencies are seeking ways to accelerate project delivery.

This scan focused on construction operations and management practices to accelerate the delivery of construction projects. The scan team visited five states from the East to West Coasts, gathering perspectives and knowledge from transportation agency representatives, contractors, suppliers and engineering consultants experienced in accelerated project management and execution.

The team found that, for every project examined, the primary factor leading to success was a spirited effort of partnership and collaboration between the DOT and the contractor, together with a supportive design and/or design process.

Scan Results and Report


Tracing Scan Impacts

Scan Members

For detailed member information click here.

(Back row, L to R)

  • Richard H. Sheffield, Mississippi DOT
  • George Raymond, Oklahoma DOT
  • Thomas Bohuslav, Texas DOT, Scan Co-Chair
  • Steven D. DeWitt, North Carolina Turnpike Authority
  • Cliff J. Schexnayder, Arizona State University, Subject Matter Expert

(Front row, L to R)

  • Brian Blanchard, Florida DOT, Scan Co-Chair
  • Christopher J. Schneider, FHWA, Scan Co-Chair
  • Narendra Khambhati, Arora and Associates, P.C., Coordinator

(Not pictured)

  • Stuart Anderson, Texas A&M University, Subject Matter Expert

Sites Visited

  • Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida
  • Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama
  • Houston, Texas
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sacramento and Oakland, California