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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan for the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design

Adopted July 17, 2008


The AASHTO Subcommittee on Design will be the national voice and leading source of innovation and technical guidance for transportation design projects and programs.


The AASHTO Subcommittee on Design leads transportation project development and delivery through the creation and promotion of practices to achieve safe, efficient, and effective solutions to meet transportation needs.

Goals and Strategies:

The Subcommittee on Design will accomplish its mission by focusing on the following goals:

1. Improve the timely delivery of projects

a. Identify and share best practices for project delivery methodologies from across the country and around the world.
b. Develop policy statements and proposals for streamlining project delivery processes and procedures.
c. Identify and share best practices related to project management.
d. Provide technical input and guidance during the development of federal rules and regulations.

2. Develop design solutions that meet the purpose and need of a project, address its context, and protect the natural and human environment

a. Promote flexibility in design practices.
b. Research and share techniques and processes for involving communities and other stakeholders in the development of transportation facilities.
c. Promote better integration of project delivery efforts from planning and environment, through design, to construction, maintenance, and operations.
d. Participate in the development of guidance for communicating environmental commitments through design to construction.
e. Play an active role in the development of guidance on climate change and energy efficiency efforts in the design of projects.
f. Promote participation in land use planning for transportation.
g. Provide guidance for mobility and accessibility of non-motorized users.

3. Improve the quality and cost effectiveness of projects

a. Support performance management objectives within the design phase of project delivery, including the identification and recommendation of appropriate performance measures for design activities.
b. Promote project management techniques to improve quality and cost effectiveness.
c. Provide guidance on constructability best practices for designers.
d. Develop cost-effective solutions for delivering projects that minimize the operational and maintenance resources needed to sustain system effectiveness and functionality.
e. Identify the need for and deliver technical and policy publications and other timely information on design-related topics.

4. Improve safety for the traveling public and the workforce

a. Develop and promote timely research into safer highway and transportation facility designs for all modes.
b. Identify and share improvements made to enhance work zone safety.
c. Support efforts to enhance the involvement of construction, maintenance, and operations personnel in the design phase of project delivery.
d. Develop and implement guidance on safety issues.

5. Advance the state of the practice

a. Develop, promote, and implement research on new technologies.
b. Engage other AASHTO committees in the development and use of new technologies and processes throughout project delivery.
c. Coordinate and set priorities for the inclusion of new technologies and processes into design guidance.
d. Increase coordination with and provide feedback mechanisms to/from academia, consultants, and contractors.
e. Monitor vehicle modifications for highway design considerations.

6. Foster collaboration within AASHTO and with other organizations and disciplines

a. Promote implementation of the subcommittee’s strategic goals through active participation and involvement of the technical committees.
b. Coordinate and collaborate with SCOH and other AASHTO committees in the development of guidance, processes, and procedures.
c. Coordinate with external organizations and other stakeholders to meet industry needs.
d. Work with federal, state, and local agencies to promote greater intermodal integration.
e. Promote information sharing within and between member agencies.