Effective Construction Project Staffing Strategies for Transportation Agencies

The objective of this research is to develop guidance for staffing transportation construction projects that (1) identifies current contracting methods and associated staffing used by transportation agencies; (2) identifies staffing strategies; (3) identifies knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications required for project inspection and testing staff; and (4) recommends best practices for balancing project oversight responsibilities using agency staff, consultants, and contractors for transportation construction projects. The guidance should address a broad range of activities related to staffing of transportation construction projects such as, but not limited to the following: (1) Identifying variables for consideration (e.g., workforce labor agreements, peak and non-peak construction periods, types of consulting contracts and contracting methods, material sampling and testing, risk-based inspections, and success measures); (2) Evaluating the impact of technologies to inspect and manage transportation construction projects; (3) Identifying types of projects being outsourced; (4) Identifying consultant levels of responsibility and approval authority; (5) Developing effective procedures, protocols, and tools for resource acquisition and allocation; and (6) Developing a workforce planning toolkit with various optional inputs for project size, delivery method, cost, geography, required staffing, complexity, and technologies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-107

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281
  • Principal Investigators:

    Taylor, Timothy

  • Start Date: 20160628
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40223

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572377
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-107
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 1:01AM