AASHTO Journal, 5 August 2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Federal Highway Administration announced today that applications for the second round of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance are officially being accepted. In an email sent to the chief executive officials of the state departments of transportation, AASHTO and FHWA leadership urged transportation agencies to apply for implementation assistance for three new SHRP2 products, as well as for one product deployed earlier this year. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 6, 2013.
In this second round, SHRP2 implementation assistance is available at two participation levels: lead adopter incentive and user incentive. The products include:
- Expediting Project Delivery (C19): 5 Lead Adopter Incentives, and 5 User Incentives
- Performance Specifications for Rapid Renewal (R07): 4 Lead Adopter Incentives
- Managing Risk in Rapid Renewal Projects (R09): 4 Lead Adopter Incentives
- Railroad-DOT Institutional Mitigation Strategies (R16): 4 Lead Adopter Incentives, and 4 User Incentives
AASHTO President Mike Lewis urged all states to apply, including those that did not participate in the first round of implementation.
“To realize SHRP2’s full potential, it is important to obtain support and participation from all state DOTs,” Lewis said. “FHWA, AASHTO, and TRB are working to make as many products as possible available under a well-rounded implementation assistance program. Full participation by every state will allow us to take full advantage of the public’s investment in transportation research, and provide improved transportation services for daily users, as well as contribute to renewed American infrastructure as a whole.”
As a result of feedback received during the first round, two new requirements to improve the application process were added. First, each application for implementation assistance requires an endorsement from the Chief Executive Officer (or designee) of the transportation agency. The endorsement should be an attachment to the online application. Second, transportation agencies should rank multiple application submissions in priority order.
The online applications, product details, application tips, and other information are available at the new SHRP2 website, GoSHRP2. Implementation assistance for Expediting Project Delivery, Performance Specifications, and Managing Risk are open only to state departments of transportation. The Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies are open to state DOTs, local agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations working through their state DOT.
Work on 108 transportation projects from the first round of implementation assistance is already underway in 34 states across the country. Together, they illustrate the fundamental benefits of the SHRP2 program – offering real solutions to the challenges state DOTs are facing to improve safety, better manage and expedite projects, and save scarce financial resources.
For more information on SHRP2, contact Pam Hutton, AASHTO’s SHRP2 implementation manager, at phutton AT aashto.org or 303-263-1212, or go to AASHTO’s SHRP2 web page at SHRP2.transportation.org.