To address the challenges of moving people and goods efficiently and safely on the nation’s highways, Congress has created the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 is a targeted, short-term research program carried out through competitively awarded contracts to qualified researchers in the academic, private, and public sectors. SHRP 2 addresses four strategic focus areas: the role of human behavior in highway safety (Safety); rapid highway renewal (Renewal); congestion reduction through improved travel time reliability (Reliability); and transportation planning that better integrates community, economic, and environmental considerations into new highway capacity (Capacity).
Under the SHRP2 program, Trauner will assist with the highway renewal program over the next five years. The overall goal of the SHRP 2 Renewal program is to develop a consistent, systematic approach to performing highway renewal that is rapid, causes minimum disruption, and produces long-lived facilities. The renewal scope applies to all classes of roads.
Under the $3M Performance Specifications for Rapid Highway Renewal project, Trauner, through a series of tasks, will develop guidelines for ranking important performance parameters (e.g., time, quality, cost, risk, complexity) based on project type and new performance specifications for different highway renewal scenarios (e.g., road, bridge, structures, traffic control) and guidelines for their implementation.
The tasks associated with this large and complex research project include providing research into the current use of performance specifications and the risks associated with them; researching the success of performance specification use and developing guidelines into how these specifications should be implemented moving forward; and validation of these guidelines and procedures with demonstration projects.
The outcome of this project will be a systematic program to assist in reducing completion time and improving quality of our nation’s transportation infrastructure.