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FHWA Develops Primer on Performance-Based Practical Design

A primer to assist state and local agencies with developing performance-based practical design (PBPD) programs is now available from the Federal Highway Administration. According to the guide, PBPD is the next step in the evolution of project development and design decision-making. The approach encompasses initiatives such as practical design, context sensitive solutions, and value engineering. It provides a renewed focus on project scoping to address purpose and need and reduce the cost of projects. The guide offers steps for starting a PBPD program, including learning, marketing, rollout and execution. It also provides lessons learned from existing programs and additional resources. For more information, link to the guide. (3-16-17)

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FHWA Releases Case Studies on Performance Based Practical Design

The Federal Highway Administration has released five case studies that illustrate the range of contexts for performance based practical design (PBPD) in transportation systems management, and operations strategies and tools. The case studies show how PBPD can be implemented through analysis of high-occupancy toll lanes, urban free reconstruction, alternative intersections, regional performance-based planning and analysis of active traffic management. For more information, link to case studies regarding toll lanes, urban freeway reconstruction, alternative intersections, regional performance-based planning and active traffic management. (1-11-17)

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