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Css class 4 css and project development 120309

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Lesson 4 for graduate course on Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). Created for UTCM Report #08-14-03 "Making Mobility Improvements a Community Asset: Transportation Improvements Using Context-Sensitive Solutions"

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Css class 4 css and project development 120309

  1. 1. Class 4 CSS and the Project Development Process
  2. 2. <ul><li>Class Objectives : </li></ul><ul><li>Understand transportation agency project development processes </li></ul><ul><li>Apply understanding for a sample project </li></ul>Project Development
  3. 3. Project Development
  4. 4. <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>The overall process of advancing a (transportation) project from concept to implementation. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically encompasses: </li></ul><ul><li>Define purpose and need </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary design </li></ul><ul><li>Final design </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul>Project Development
  5. 5. <ul><li>Individual tasks – up to 200 or more! </li></ul>Project Development
  6. 6. <ul><li>Components and Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Area goals and needs </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder input </li></ul><ul><li>Project vision </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Support for local objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership agreements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roles and responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other as applicable </li></ul></ul>Project Development
  7. 7. Project Development
  8. 8. Project Development
  9. 9. <ul><li>Project Initiation </li></ul><ul><li>Identify need or problem </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and engage stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stakeholder examples? – students? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach and partnership development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand needs, goals, values* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Achieve excellence” css </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agreement to collaborate on project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives, process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Memorandum of understanding” </li></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  10. 10. <ul><li>Examples of objectives and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Land development/redevelopment </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>(more – students?) </li></ul>Project Development
  11. 11. <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Identify context </li></ul><ul><li>Form multidisciplinary team </li></ul><ul><li>Agree on decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>Formulate public involvement process </li></ul><ul><li>Develop consensus around a problem and need statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobility and safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community goals, issues, values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  12. 12. <ul><li>Planning (cont.) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop consensus project vision and goals </li></ul><ul><li>Select project limits </li></ul><ul><li>Develop project statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Solution neutral” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose and need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  13. 13. <ul><li>Scoping </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and fully understand the context </li></ul><ul><li>Reconfirm project statement </li></ul><ul><li>Develop criteria to evaluate alternatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support vision, needs, issues, opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop wide range of alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce alternatives to reasonable options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply criteria (general level) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider environmental </li></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  14. 14. <ul><li>Scoping (cont.) </li></ul><ul><li>Refine alternatives to feasibility </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss alternatives with community and develop consensus around a preferred alternative </li></ul><ul><li>Develop conceptual design </li></ul><ul><li>Test, evaluate, and discuss options </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental assessment/impact statement (NEPA), if needed </li></ul>Stages and Steps
  15. 15. <ul><li>Scoping (cont.) </li></ul><ul><li>Seek consensus on conceptual design </li></ul><ul><li>With partners, seek official approval to proceed to design </li></ul><ul><li>Understand environmental commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Complete preliminary design </li></ul>Stages and Steps
  16. 16. <ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Final design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction, “compatibility” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partner agreements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost sharing, maintenance, coordinated improvements, enhancements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Right of way acquisition/utility coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Bids and construction contract awards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main transportation project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public, private </li></ul></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  17. 17. <ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Project awards </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of traffic and other activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimize resident, business, traveler disruption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Community liaison/coordination – resolve issues </li></ul><ul><li>Open project </li></ul>Stages and Steps
  18. 18. <ul><li>Operation and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Operational adjustments </li></ul><ul><li>Adhere to maintenance agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Routine maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Project performance sufficiency evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting vision, objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss and capture lessons learned </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison to address issues, opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newly arising needs </li></ul></ul>Stages and Steps
  19. 19. CSS team
  20. 20. Project Development Conventional CSS <ul><li>Issue Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Move issues to early stages where they are more easily addressed through changes and refinements </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Final Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Project development is a lengthy, complex process </li></ul><ul><li>Projects are not defined at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>Context and collaboration are critical </li></ul><ul><li>There is no one formula for success </li></ul><ul><li>Experience, flexibility and good judgment are keys to success </li></ul>Project Development
  22. 22. <ul><li>Wellborn & George Bush Grade Separation </li></ul><ul><li>Initial problem and need statement </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of context </li></ul><ul><li>Potential stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Potential issues </li></ul><ul><li>First of series – due in one week: 2-3 pages </li></ul>Class Exercise
  23. 23. <ul><li>Project development manuals </li></ul><ul><li>TxDOT </li></ul><ul><li>MassHighways </li></ul><ul><li>CSS guide: </li></ul><ul><li>ITE Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities* </li></ul>Resources

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