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

The objective of this synthesis was to document current state department of transportation (DOT) practices, funding, policies, management techniques, tools, and workflows of product evaluation processes. A common practice among DOTs is to evaluate product potential and long-term performance through product evaluation programs. However, there is no standard approach to product, and agencies (1) have 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 product lists. This synthesis gathered information through a literature review, a survey of DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected DOTs. Seven case examples provide additional information on product evaluation programs and processes. This information also includes details on product evaluation timelines; benefits and challenges; evaluating proprietary, environmental, and Buy America/Build America products; and lessons learned.


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  • Status: Completed
  • 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: 20240514
  • Actual Completion Date: 20240514

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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