Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 53-19. State DOT Product Evaluation Processes

A common practice among state departments of transportation (DOTs) is to evaluate product potential and long-term performance through product evaluation programs (PEPs). However, there is no standard approach to product evaluation, and agencies have (1) developed their methods and procedures, (2) may or may not have staff or funding dedicated to the product evaluation process, or (3) rely on other agencies approved/qualified products lists. Additionally, variations and commonalities among PEPs exist regarding the time allocated (or expected) to initial product application and technical product reviews, post-product performance evaluations, and formal pathways to evaluate future iterations of similar products. A growing number of DOTs have begun streamlining these processes, and initial successes have included reduced evaluation time. The objective of this synthesis is to document current DOT practices, funding, policies, management techniques, tools, and workflows of PEPs.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 53-19

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    Black Dog Consultants, LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Harper, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20211102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01787446
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 53-19
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2021 4:34PM