Highway construction involves several characteristics that may repeatedly create complications on projects. While these recurring difficulties may sometimes be unavoidable due to unexpected conditions, they could have, at other times, been avoided or minimized if addressed earlier in the facility delivery process. Doing so may result in considerable cost and schedule savings as it has in other construction industry sectors while improving other project objectives such as quality and safety. This was the premise for a research investigation sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This report presents a constructability work process that facilitates construction input in design, creation of constructability teams, continuity and communication between design and construction, and continuous improvement of highway projects. Twenty-eight tools are also provided to assist in constructability implementation. Performing constructability steps for both pre- and post-contract award constructability generates a series of project-specific constructability resources that may be used by personnel throughout facilities development process phases to accommodate project activities. Throughout the entire project, the work process promotes documentation and feedback to facilitate evaluation and continuous improvement. A major challenge in implementing a constructability work process is ensuring that project participants perform constructability steps and activities efficiently and consistently. Therefore, a successful work process must be accompanied by tools that assist in implementation. Twenty-eight constructability tools were developed to assist in implementation of constructability on highway projects and/or allow consistent documentation so that collected information may be easily stored and retrieved for future use. Tools are provided in four categories: (1) work process, (2) lessons learned, (3) constructability review, and (4) timing of implementation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Russell, J S
    • Swiggum, K E
  • Publication Date: 1994-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: WI/SPR-05-94, Tech Rept 115, Final Report
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1996 12:00AM