Performance-Based Practical Design: Maximizing System Performance by Rethinking Design Decisions

With an ever-increasing need to improve the performance of the United States’ roadways, states and local agencies are looking for ways to meet capacity, safety, and mobility performance goals economically. Given the range of needs to be met with limited budgets, some states are finding success in improving system performance by discovering new ways to address challenges. Building upon context-sensitive solutions (CSS), flexibility in design, asset management, and value engineering, a new project development approach, termed Performance-Based Practical Design (PBPD), is emerging. Leaders at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are embracing this trend and developed a team specifically designated to raise awareness of this concept by supporting states’ interests in PBPD, promoting use of existing design flexibility along with performance analysis tools, and developing and disseminating informational resources.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Authors:
    • Mooney, Robert
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


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  • Accession Number: 01597957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2016 5:50PM