AASHTO Value Engineering Awards
 
 

 

Over the past 20 years, Value Engineering (VE) has become an ever increasing part of the transportation industry. As federal, state, and local governments strive to establish the greatest value for the taxpayer's dollar, VE is a constant source of innovation, cost-effectiveness, and quality improvements.

The public transportation sector, faced with rising costs, has turned to VE to better use dwindling resources. This effort has spread beyond Construction VE to include Design VE and Process VE. In short, VE has taken the lead in making the transportation industry a leader in innovation and cost control.

In order to recognize outstanding VE achievements and to promote awareness of the importance of VE, the AASHTO Value Engineering Technical Committee has established national awards to be given to transportation agencies. These awards are presented on a biennial basis to agencies that have shown special achievement in providing added value in process improvement, project delivery, construction, or design.

 

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2013

The 2013 Most Value Added winners by category:

 

Construction 2013

Winner - Mississippi River Bridge - Missouri DOT
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Most Improved Performance 2013

Winner - Storm Drain – NE of Kalispell - Montana DOT
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Most Improved Process 2013

Winner - Redefining the Business of Provincial Highways Management through Value Analysis - Ontario DOT
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Honorable Mention - RSA for State Route 16 in Yolo County - California DOT
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Pre-Construction more than $100 million 2013

 Winner - Crosstown Parkway - Florida DOT 
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Honorable Mention - SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - Washington DOT 
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Pre-Construcion $25 - $100 million 2013

Winner - I-84, Snake River Twin Bridges WB & EB - Idaho DOT
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Honorable Mention - Route 4 Bridge Over Palisades Avenue - New Jersey DOT
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Pre-Construction less than $25 million 2013

Winner - U-2809A Legion Road (SR 1132) - North Carolina DOT
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Honorable Mention - Eddy-East - Montana DOT
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Honorable Mention - Highway 66 Relocation of Virginia Town - Ontario DOT
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 Congratulations to all of the 2013 Award Recipients!

 

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2011

The 2011 Most Value Added awards list by category:

  

  Construction 2011

Winner - Route 1 over Millstone River Bridge Replacement - New Jersey DOT
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  Most Improved Performance 2011

 Winner - Red Rock Indian Band with MMM Group - Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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  Most Improved Process 2011

Winner - Value of Document Retrieval System (DRS) - California DOT
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 Pre-Construction more than $75 million 2011

Winner - SR 710/Warfield Boulevard - Florida DOT
Honorable Mention - Northwest Corridor: I-75/I-575 Reversible Managed Lanes - Georgia DOT
Award Pictures and Short Tour of Both Projects

  Pre-Construcion $25 - $75 million 2011

Winner - West Laurel Interchange-West - Montana DOT
Honorable Mention - Washington Pedestrian Bridge over the Seekonk River - Rhode Island DOT 
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  Pre-Construction less than $25 million 2011

Winner - SR 36 Passing Lanes and Flint River Bridge Replacement - Georgia State DOT
Honorable Mention - SR 9 Pilchuck Creek Bridge Replacement - Washington DOT
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 Congratulations to all of the 2011 Award Recipients!

 

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2009

The 2009 Most Value Added awards list by category:

 

Improved Performance 2009

Winner - SR 26, Riverdale Road and I-15 to Washington Blvd - Utah DOT

Improved Process 2009

Winner - Cost Risk Assessment and Value Engineering (CRAVE) - Minnesota DOT
Honorable Mention - Discovery of Utility Facilities for Project Development - California DOT

Pre-Construction less than $25 million 2009

Winner - SR 530, Sauk River CED Bank Erosion - Washington State DOT

Pre-Construction $25-$75 million 2009

Winner - I-5 and I-8 North Corridor Widening - California DOT

Pre-Construction more than $75 million 2009

Winner - I-94 Rehabilitation in Dane and Jefferson Counties - Wisconsin DOT
Honorable Mention - I-5, Columbia River Crossing - Washington State DOT
Honorable Mention - New SR 138 - California DOT
Honorable Mention - I-15 at 11400 So. Interchange - Utah DOT

During Construction 2009

Winner - Alexander Road Bridge over AMTRAK's Northeast Corridor - New Jersey DOT

 

Congratulations to all of the 2009 Award Recipients!

 

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About the 2009 Winning Projects

    

Most Value Added Proposal - Improved Performance 2009

 

Winner
Utah Department of Transportation
SR 26: Riverdale Road, I-15 to Washington Boulevard

 

The SR 26: Riverdale Road, I-15 to Washington Boulevard project entailed reconstruction and widening of 1.4 miles of a busy retail corridor from five to seven lanes. Reconstruction projects usually span two construction seasons, but to mitigate economic impacts of a large construction project during the holiday season, early coordination among project stakeholders produced a plan to complete the paving in one season before “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year. An accelerated schedule was achieved by limiting utility impacts through use of Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) to keep the structural section shallow. Sub-grade soils encountered during construction were quickly mitigated by the construction team to keep the project on schedule, with all seven lanes in operation before the holiday shopping season.

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Most Value Added Proposal - Improved Process 2009

 

Winner
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Cost Risk Assessment and Value Engineering (CRAVETM)

 

How do you complete 12 risk assessments and 12 Value Engineering studies in less than three months? You combine them together into Cost Risk Assessment + Value Engineering (CRAVE) studies. This improved process took months off of the traditional risk assessment and value engineering process. Minnesota DOT needed results by the end of the year for 11 key bridges and 1 roadway project. The projects were in various stages of development from concept through 90% design. The process was requested in early September and needed to be completed by the end of November - in time for the next legislative session. Three months from start to finish!

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Most Value Added Proposal - Improved Process 2009

 

Honorable Mention
California Department of Transportation
Discovery of Utility Facilities for Project Development

 

Various District policies and procedures have been developed over the years to define the roles and responsibilities for the consideration of utility issues. Institutional knowledge and the specialization of work groups to manage subsurface assets have been lost over time. The organizational structure of dedicated functional units to manage subsurface assets in not presently standardized within the Department.

This VA Study focused on improving operations, project delivery schedule, customer service, and increase the amount of standardized utility data stored. The team developed a roadmap where Districts could re-allocate resources to create Utility Engineering Squads, and start the development of a statewide database. These efforts created a huge performance improvement at virtually no extra cost.

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering <$25 Million 2009

 

Winner
 Washington State Department of Transportation
 SR 530, Sauk River CED Bank Erosion

 

The purpose of the project is to realign SR 530 away from the Sauk River as corrective action from to reduce risk to the roadway and reduce recurring maintenance costs. Several goals and objectives were identified to balance environmental, community, and transportation values while meeting the purpose and need for the project.

  • Ensure that SR 530 functions as a state highway
  • Minimize effects to private property
  • Minimize effects to the environment
  • Consider design elements that are reasonably funded, less complex to build, and simpler to maintain
  • Reduce emergency repairs and the environmental impact of emergency repairs

 

The basic functions of the project were determined to be “Protect Roadbed” and “Minimize Erosion.”
Implementation of the VE Study recommendations resulted in total potential project cost increase of approximately $2.1 million along with the advancement of the project schedule. The project received the WSDOT 2009 Excellence in Environmental Design Award based on the implantation of the VE Study recommendations.

 

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering $25-$75 Million 2009

 

Winner
California Department of Transportation
I-5 and I-8 North Corridor Widening

 

The team’s analysis and traffic modeling performed during the workshop determined that the $40.7 million baseline design would not provide the operational benefits anticipated. This analysis was confirmed by an independent traffic analysis conducted after the workshop. Project decision-makers accepted VA alternatives that significantly reduced the length of roadway widening. The decreased length resulted in a $20,168,000 (57%) cost reduction and resulted in the following performance benefits:

  • Eliminated right-of-way acquisition
  • Avoided gas line impact
  • Reduced roadway and ramp widening
  • Eliminated bridge widening at Tecolote Creek
  • Eliminated need for retaining wall
  • Avoided railroad conflicts
  • Preserved oleander planted in median

In addition, the VA team’s safety and traffic flow improvement recommendations for I-8 are being carried forward for further study.

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering >$75 Million 2009

 

Winner
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
I-94 in Dane and Jefferson Counties

 

The VE Study reviewed various pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction alternatives for this 33 mile long segment of IH-94; reviewed construction staging and traffic control for the alternatives, considering user delay costs; reviewed life cycle costs over the next 25 years; identified a timeline for future capacity needs; and reviewed 46 structures that would be affected by the various alternatives.

The VE Team developed, evaluated and ranked six alternatives plus the original baseline alternative, with life-cycle costs ranging from $141 million to $207 million. The results and recommendations of the VE study were presented to the WisDOT Backbone Highway Committee so that decisions could be made for Majors Projects Program funding and programming the rehabilitation or reconstruction of roadway segments within the project corridor.

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering >$75 Million 2009 (1 of 3)

 

Honorable Mention
Washington State Department of Transportation
I-5, Columbia River Crossing

 

The mission of the VE teams was to verify or improve upon the proposed alternatives. The project was divided into four logical segments to perform value engineering (VE) and qualitative risk assessments. Each team applied the principle and practices of the VE job plan, as well as reviewed previously defined risks and risks identified during each study. Each study team evaluated the alternatives against a set of predetermined performance attributes. Improvement opportunities were based from a value index of performance/cost for each alternative as it related to a baseline of performance attributes. The primary objectives for these studies included:

  • Conducting a thorough review and analysis of the key project issues and conceptual design using multidiscipline, cross-functional teams
  • Applying principles and practices of the job plan, as well as reviewing previously defined risks and risks identified during the study
  • Evaluating the alternatives against a set of predetermined performance attributes.

 

Basing improvement opportunities on a value index of performance/cost related to the performance attributes.
The basic functions of the project were determined to be “Relieve Congestion”.
Implementation of the VE Study recommendations resulted in total potential project cost savings of approximately $550 million to $665 million.

 

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering >$75 Million 2009 (2 of 3)

 

Honorable Mention
California Department of Transportation
New SR 138

 

New State Route (SR) 138, Palmdale, California, between SR 14 and 100th Street, north of existing SR 138; 8- lanes tapering down to four; new interchange with SR 14 including direct ramp connectors; seven new interchanges; viaduct structures; partial Rancho Vista Boulevard interchange for better weaving with direct connector ramps SR 14/SR 138 Interchange; and LA-World-Airport will provide portions of new ROW. Cost is $860 million.

The implementation of the VA Alternatives will result in significant changes to the project, with the most significant realigning SR 138 such that the geometry is straighter and slightly shorter while increasing the spacing between interchanges thereby; reducing the size of environmental footprint; improving operations at interchanges; reducing imported borrow required by nearly a million cubic yards; improving stormwater detention facilities; converting portion SR 138 to an expressway; improving Joshua Tree Mitigation Program; and reduced project costs by $74 million.

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Most Value Added Proposal - Pre-Construction Engineering >$75 Million 2009 (3 of 3)

 

Honorable Mention
Utah Department of Transportation
I-15 at 11400 So. Interchange

 

The I-15 at 11400 South Interchange Project provides an additional east-west arterial roadway, about 6 miles in length, from Bangerter Highway in South Jordan to State Street in Sandy, both principal north-south arterial highways. The portion of 11400 South between Bangerter Highway and 1300 West varies from a four-lane roadway to a two-lane roadway. There is also a portion of 11400 South that exists from about 500 West to State Street. No roadway existing between these two sections. A new interchange is proposed where 11400 South crosses under I-15 just west of State Street.

The VE team generated 33 ideas with 14 ideas selected for inclusion in the RFP for this design-build project for a total estimated savings of $17,414,000 (7.1 percent of project cost).

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Most Value Added Proposal - During Construction 2009

 

Winner
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Alexander Road Bridge over AMTRAK's Northeast Corridor

 

NJDOT has entered into agreement with IEW construction to replace the existing deteriorated bridge on Alexander Road that runs over the Amtrak North East Corridor rail-line. The replacement bridge would consist of two cast-in place concrete full-height abutments with wingwalls founded on seventy-seven caissons, and these caissons are socketed into bedrock.

The Contractor’s proposal to use Steel H Piles and MSE straps in lieu of drilled shafts and alterations to the methods of soil modifications. The abutment walls and wingwalls will be restrained laterally using multiple rows of ribbed metal straps. The proposal saved $1.5 Millions, minimizes track outages and impact to Amtrak patrons.

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