Tools for Communicating Railroad-DOT Mitigation Strategies

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 current legislative provisions, SHRP 2 has expanded its efforts to include activities such as pilot tests and field demonstrations that help to prepare research results for implementation. More information about the program is available on the website: The U.S. highway system is aging and must be rebuilt while we are driving on it and living next to it. Research in the SHRP 2 Renewal focus area therefore addresses the need to develop a consistent, systematic approach to completing highway projects quickly, with minimal disruption to the community, and producing facilities that are long-lasting. Identifying new technologies for locating underground utilities; developing procedures to speed the evaluation of designs and the inspection of construction; and applying new methods and materials for preserving, rehabilitating, and reconstructing roadways and bridges are among the goals for this focus area. Alternative strategies for contracting, financing, and managing projects and mitigating institutional barriers also are part of the emphasis on rapid renewal. The renewal scope applies to all classes of roads. The objective of the completed SHRP 2 Project R16 was to identify and develop strategies and institutional arrangements that could produce cooperative relationships between railroads and public agencies and to develop master agreements. These master agreements and best practices for coordinating on public highway projects were created as a tool-box that both parties could use through the project delivery cycle. With the conclusion of the project, there is an immediate need to communicate and pilot-test the findings so as to facilitate their implementation.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $599940.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R16(B)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    DiMaggio, Jerry

  • Performing Organizations:

    StarIsis Corporation

  • Principal Investigators:

    Varma, Shobna

  • Start Date: 20120424
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38380

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547626
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R16(B)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2014 1:00AM