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2009 Flexible Design for 21st Century Challenges

Balancing Competing Objectives and Optimizing Return on Investments Forum

February 23-24, 2009

Forum Summary Materials

Sponsored by Mn/DOT, the forum was held to “jump start” and tailor a concerted Minnesota initiative tapply greater and more consistent flexibility in transportation planning, design development, and operations statewide. The forum focused on improving the understanding of opportunities tapply greater design flexibility, how tuse design flexibility tincrease the return on transportation investments, and institutional challenges that need tbe addressed tbe more successful. An action plan for implementation will be developed based on discussions from the forum.

Forum Presentations

Welcome and Forum Objectives
Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies; Tom Sorel, Commissioner, Mn/DOT; Mike Barnes, Engineering Services Division Director, Mn/DOT View Recording  
Minnesota’s Current Status with Project Delivery
Dwight Horne, Director of Program Administration, FHWA View Recording  
FHWA Approach to Design Flexibility
Mark Taylor, Safety/Geometric Design Engineer, FHWA View Recording View Presentation (PDF 912 KB)
State DOT Perspectives
Sally Anderson, Roadside and Site Development Manager, Washington Department of Transportation View Recording View Presentation (PDF 1.18 MB)
Tom DiPaolo, Assistant Chief Engineering, Massachusetts Highway Department View Recording View Presentation (PDF 2 MB)
Dennis German, Chief, Community Design Division, Maryland State Highway Administration View Recording  
Brian Hare, Design Services Division Chief, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation View Recording View Presentation (PDF 5.72 MB)
Kathryn Harvey, State Design Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation View Recording View Presentation (PDF 1.43 MB)
Nick Stamatiadis, Professor of Civil Engineering/Transportation, University of Kentucky Transportation Center View Recording View Presentation (PDF 1.62 MB)
Institutional Challenges and Performance Objectives
Panel Discussion with State DOT Representatives View Recording  
Design Flexibility
Panel Discussion with State DOT Representatives View Recording  
Institutional Challenges and Performance Objectives
Small Group Reports View Recording  
Design Flexibility
Small Group Reports View Recording  

 

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