SCDOT Preconstruction Program Management Manual & Updated Project Development Process

In the United States, federal, state, and local governments are responsible for addressing their residents' transportation infrastructure needs. Similar to most State Department of Transportation (State DOTs), the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is responsible for owning, operating, and maintaining a large transportation system for the state. SCDOT is under growing pressure for efficient and effective transportation project delivery to address the need and continued expansion. The pressure is due to high demand, limited funding sources, stakeholders’ concerns, federal and state policies, and intense public involvement. Due to increasing demand and pressure to meet its key strategic goals, SCDOT is taking initiatives to deliver projects as efficiently and expeditiously as possible. One of the efforts undertaken by SCDOT is streamlining its preconstruction Project Development Process (PDP). An Explanatory Sequential Design is used to meet the research’s goal. Preliminary semi-structured interviews are conducted with SCDOT to identify the agency’s current PDP practices and suggestions for improvement. An administrative questionnaire is utilized to obtain input from state DOTs and SCDOT’s delivery partners to gain insight regarding PDP best practices. Structured interviews with comparable state DOTs are conducted to probe PDP concepts, gain an in-depth understanding of PDP practices, and identify PDP best practices. The identified PDP Best Practices are assembled based on the data, analysis, and findings supported by five different data sources. The analysis of all data sources is used to assemble twelve (12) PDP Best Practices, that are organized into five categories.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $349,383.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    SPR 744

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    South Carolina Department of Transportation

    955 Park Street
    P.O. Box 191
    Columbia, SC  United States  29202-0191

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    South Carolina Department of Transportation

    955 Park Street
    P.O. Box 191
    Columbia, SC  United States  29202-0191
  • Project Managers:

    Heaps, Meredith

  • Performing Organizations:

    Clemson University

    110 Lowry Hall
    Box 340911
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bausman, Dennis

  • Start Date: 20190301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210228
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01835383
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: SPR 744
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 7 2022 12:10PM