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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis

Title: Re-construction Project Scoping and Cost Estimating and its Implication on Design
Project Researcher: Jon Kellar, SDSM&T, SDDOT
Project Manager: Daris Ormesher
Research Period: -
Status: Approved
Cost: $0.00

Problem Statement: One of the South Dakota Department of Transportation's (SDDOT) goals is To ensure effective use of existing financial resources by continually increasing the quality, timeliness and cost effectiveness of our products and services. In order to accomplish this goal it is imperative to properly scope a project prior to its being included in the five year Surface Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Properly scoping a project requires a knowledge of the cost of the construction alternatives. Many construction alternatives are considered during the scoping process. . SDDOT is currently considering five reconstruction alternatives, process in-place, shoulder widening, spot grading and shoulder widening, light grading and heavy grading for reconstruction projects. Some do not have historical cost information to allow a comparison with other construction alternatives with known construction cost history.


Research Objectives:
1  To provide SDDOT personnel the means to properly scope a re-construction project for timely inclusion in the five year STIP.
2  Determine what design standards (3R versus or AASHTO green book standards) should be used for each of the five improvement alternatives for each functional class of highway.

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the project’s technical panel to review the project scope and work plan.
2  Review and summarize literature pertinent to project scoping and cost estimating of shoulder widening and regrading projects. This would include contacting surrounding states to identify their.
3  Review SDDOT’s current construction programming process from project inception through design.
4  Review SDDOT’s process of how a re-construction project scope is determined.
5  Develop costs associated with the five re-construction alternatives for grading and shoulder widening projects.
6  Recommend procedures to guide SDDOT staff in determining the scope, cost and design for timely inclusion of grading and shoulder widening projects in the five year STIP.
7  Develop criteria of when 3R and AASHTO green book standards should be utilized.
8  Prepare a final report and executive summary of the literature review, research methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
9  Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at conclusion of the project.

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