The following reports, presentations, and links provide useful information for those in the field of highway design.
ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices, 2009 (556 kb, Word) -- The purpose of this NCHRP 20-7 research report is to share successful practices related to the development and update of State DOT ADA Transition Plans.
Best Practices in the Management of Design Errors and Omissions, 2009 (414 kb, pdf) -- This NCHRP 20-7 project reviewed current errors and omissions (E&O) practices related to transportation project design, primarily for highways and bridges, and recommends a template for a best-practice E&O process.
Turn Radii, AASHTO Green Book 2004 (1.4Mb, pdf) - An excerpt from the 2004 AASHTO Green Book, this section provides turn radius dimensions for the most common vehicles and combinations of vehicles.
Web site for submitting NCHRP 20-7 Research Proposals: http://www.transportation1.org/nchrp/20-7/
How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan 2006 - This guide from FHWA will help state and local officials know where to begin to address pedestrian safety issues by providing a framework to develop and implement a pedestrian safety action plan tailored to their specific problems and needs. It is also intended to assist agencies in further enhancing their existing pedestrian safety programs and activities, including identifying safety problems, analyzing information, and selecting optimal solutions.
Symposium on Geometric Design - This link provides presentations given at TRB's 3rd International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, held in Chicago, IL, in June 2005.
New AASHTO Design Publications 2005 (2Mb, PowerPoint) - This presentation provides an overview of changes made in the new Green Book, as well as other new publications released in 2005.
Style Manual for AASHTO Publications (1.4Mb, pdf) - This document was created to assist the many committee volunteers, vendors, and consultants in editing, formatting, and preparing text for AASHTO publications.
SCOD Technical Committee Work Plans 2005 (85k pdf) - This report contains the work plans for the Technical Committees that report to the Subcommittee on Design. These work plans outline the activities planned for the coming year, as well as goals for the next 5-year period.
Bicycle Railing Height Report (1.1Mb pdf) 2004 - This NCHRP research report focused on appropriate bridge railing heights for bicyclists.
Highway Loading Information (1.1Mb pdf) 2002 - Excerpted from the 2002 Standard Specifications on Highway Bridges, 17th Edition, this information on loading provides details on typical dead and live loads used in design work, including standard H and HS truck loadings.
Project Cost Estimating: A Synthesis of Highway Practice (782Kb pdf) 2003 - This report, developed through an NCHRP project and based on a survey of all 50 states, provides information on the state-of-the-practice of project cost estimating within State DOTs. Areas investigated include: estimating practices; methods for resolving discrepancies between DOT estimates and bid prices; problems that remain largely unresolved across the country; and practices that produce estimates within a +/- 5% variability between the DOT estimate and contractor bid.
Interim Guide, Geometric Design for Transit Vehicles on Highways and Streets, July 2002 - Many agencies at the state, county, and municipal level are required to plan, design, and/or modify highways and streets to accommodate public transportation vehicles or facilities. Currently, there is no single publication to which an agency can refer for highway design guidance to accommodate transit services and facilities. This interim document is intended to function as a comprehensive reference of current practice in geometric design applications for transit facilities on urban highways and streets.
A follow-on project, TCRP D-09, will develop a handbook that includes comprehensive geometric design guidelines for accommodating transit vehicles and facilities, and guidelines for selecting appropriate transit facilities to accommodate current and future transit demand. This project is scheduled for completion in December 2004.
Preconstruction Engineering Management Survey Results (940Kb pdf) 2003 - This report summarizes a survey that was conducted of the State Departments of Transportation in Spring 2003 on the state of preconstruction engineering management. The survey focused on seven distinct areas, including organizational structure, project management practices, preconstruction scheduling and authority, computer system software, streamlining issues, the use of consultants, and performance measures. Detailed responses from each state are provided in an accompanying spreadsheet: Individual State Responses (169Kb Excel).
Wildlife Protection and Habitat Connectivity - This FHWA web site provides information on more than 100 simple, successful wildlife protection activities from almost all the States.
Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO - This AASHTO web site provides current environmental information for transportation professionals.
Domestic Scan Tour on Environmental Commitment Implementation - This FHWA web site houses the report from a 2002 US Scan which reviewed successful State processes, procedures, and methodologies used in fulfilling environmental commitments made in the transportation project development process and environmental permits.
NCHRP Report 480, A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions - This report demonstrates how state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies can incorporate context sensitivity into their transportation project development work.
Design-Build References - This is a link to the References page of the Design-Build Task Force's web site, including their "Current Design-Build Practices for Transportation Projects" report, which is a compilation of the design-build experiences of State DOTs and other public agencies dealing with transportation infrastructure.
Visualization in Transportation (1.3Mb pdf) 2003 - An update to a report developed by the Task Force on Environmental Design in 2001, this document provides information on using visualization in the project development process, as well as a glossary of commonly used terms.
FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program - The Federal Highway Administration's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Office is responsible for promoting bicycle and pedestrian transportation accessibility, use, and safety.This web site contains reports, publications, Federal guidance, and contact information for the State DOT bike/ped coordinators.
New York State DOT's Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Web Site - This site is intended to assist New York State communities, DOT customers, stakeholders, the Department, and anyone interested in CSS to be more informed, to better understand what CSS is all about, and to find out how CSS is making a difference in our transportation projects.
FHWA's Context Sensitive Design Web Site - This web site provides information on Context Sensitive Design efforts throughout the United States.
Overview of changes in the 2001 Green Book - This PowerPoint slide presentation provides information on the changes that were made in the 2001 edition of A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets as compared to the 1994 edition.
FHWA's Flexibility in Highway Design document - This report was written for highway engineers and project managers who want to learn more about the flexibility available to them when designing roads, and illustrates successful approaches used in other highway projects.
US Access Board Web Site - The US Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.It operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President.Key responsibilities of the Board include: developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and electronic and information technology; providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards; and enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.The Board recently released a draft version of its proposed Guidelines on Accessible Public Rights-of-Way for public comment.The comment period is open until October 28, 2002.For further information, contact Scott Windley at (202) 272-0025 (voice), (202) 272-0082 (TTY), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).