Practical Solutions is a two-part strategy that includes: least cost planning
and practical design
in which WSDOT is undertaking to enable more flexible and sustainable transportation investment decisions. It encourages this by increasing the focus on project purpose and need throughout all phases of project development:
- Program management
- Environmental analysis
It engages local stakeholders at the earliest stages of defining scope to ensure their input is included at the right stage of project design.
Transportation infrastructure investment decisions have wide-ranging implications for the long-term sustainability of our community, economy, and environment. The systems built over the last half a century have fueled strong economic growth, but those systems are in urgent need of repair and maintenance.
Least Cost Planning is an approach to making planning decisions that considers a variety of conceptual solutions to achieve the desired system performance targets. Central to least cost planning is a process that engages the public, applies methods to evaluate planning options, and how to select options.
Practical Design is an approach to making project decisions that focus on the need for the project and looks for cost-effective solutions. A fully implemented practical design approach applies to all aspects of transportation system development, from system planning through all phases of project development.