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Annual FHWA Report

Every October the WSDOT reports the outcome of the finalized VE studies to the FHWA. Between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010 we finalized 11 studies on projects that had a combined original construction estimate of over $7.89 billion. Of these studies, 8 were required by the FHWA and 3 by WSDOT policy.

The regional breakdown for these projects was:

  • NWR - 6
  • NCR - 0
  • OR - 0
  • SWR - 2
  • SCR - 0
  • ER - 0
  • UCO - 2
  • HQ - 0

These projects ranged in size from $438 million (SR 520, Eastside Transit and HOV Improvements) to $16 million (SR 285, West End of George Sellar Bridge).

The project teams approved 97 of 153 recommendations from these studies for a total net savings of over $373 million. This equates to an implementation rate of 63 percent and a return on investment of $496 for every $1 spent on VE studies.

In addition to tracking cost savings, we continue to track performance measures for our value-engineering program. Of the 97 recommendations that were approved in FY 2010:

  • Operations 82
  • Environment 47
  • Construction 108
  • Other:
    Shorten Schedule 41
    Reduces Risk 87

The continued success of our VE program can be attributed to the timing of studies (scoping or early in design), careful selection of team members, improved study reports and the use of performance measures along with continuing to work proactively to improve our value engineering program.