Key Implementation Issues and Lessons Learned with Design-Build Projects

Public agencies across the country are pursuing the design-build (DB) project delivery method to improve cycle-time performance on projects and numerous transportation departments are currently using DB for highway construction. This paper outlines the findings of two studies of design-build projects for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The first of these studies included the development of a DB implementation guide for TxDOT and related key implementation issues needed to perform DB on transportation projects. The second involves an on-going investigation into lessons-learned during planning, procurement and execution phases of the State Highway 130 (SH130) project currently underway in Central Texas. The SH130 project is a 49 mile-long toll road being constructed under a Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA). The Project includes design, construction, and maintenance of a four-lane expressway with the specified corridor with a cost of approximately $1.3 billion and a scheduled completion date in 2007--the first DB project and the largest single highway project undertaken by TxDOT. This paper outlines critical success factors of design-build transportation projects for TxDOT, as well as early lessons-learned on the SH130 project with particular attention given to enabling management issues, contract management, right of way and utility relocation issues, and critical relationship factors.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-19
  • Monograph Title: Alternative Project Delivery, Procurement, and Contracting Methods for Highways

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784408865
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2007 10:03AM