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 the potential application and long term performance of many products and materials. As there is no standard approach on product evaluation, agencies have developed their own methods and procedures and may or may not have staff dedicated to the product evaluation process. Variation exists among DOT Product Evaluation Programs (PEPs) regarding the time allocated to initial product application review and technical product review, post-product performance evaluation, 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, policies, tools, management techniques, and workflows with regard to the product evaluation process.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • 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

  • 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 3:18PM