Other Practical Solutions implementations

Several states have implemented variations on the practical design theme, sometimes with a different name, but all have a similar purpose – to make the best use of limited resources:

FHWA - Performance-Based Practical Design
Though the name, definition, and approach of Practical Design vary from State to State, most states with a Practical Design program emphasize a renewed focus on scoping projects to stay within the core purpose and need. By exercising a greater level of discipline, agencies may eliminate nonessential project design elements resulting in lower cost and improved value. Brief overview of performance-based practical design approach to advance projects

Utah Department of Transportation - Practical Design
Practical Design supports UDOT’s continuing emphasis on innovation, cost savings, and providing the public with the transportation system that meets their needs. The goal is to only build right sized projects that meet focused needs. This allows UDOT to spread limit resources more effectively throughout the transportation system.

Missouri Department of Transportation - Practical Design
Practical Design develops efficient solutions to solve today’s transportation project needs. Innovation and creativity are necessary to accomplish this goal. This document was prepared to effectively begin implementing Practical Design. It is purposely written to allow flexibility for project specific locations.

Oregon Department of Transportation - Practical Design
Practical Design is a way to provide flexible parameters so that design teams can be confident that a particular solution is sufficient to improve the transportation system, without being excessive. In short, Practical Design is a way to let engineers engineer.

Idaho Transportation Department - Practical Solutions (pdf 2 mb)
To accomplish Practical Design, we must properly define the project scope by focusing on achieving the project purpose and need, while considering the surroundings of each project. We must be sensitive to where the project is located and implement standards that are appropriate to the context of the surroundings. Our goal is to get the best value for the least cost.

Pennsylvania/New Jersey Department of Transportation - Smart Transportation (pdf 5 mb)
Transportation needs will always outweigh available resources. It means incorporating financial constraints, community needs and aspirations, land use, and environmental constraints during project development. The result will be an effective use of resources and a lasting community asset.

Indiana DOT
INDOT has embarked on a process that promises to fundamentally change the way it develops, designs, and delivers its construction projects statewide. In other states, the process is known as Practical Design or Practical Solutions. Indiana’s program is called Open Roads. INDOT’s Open Roads program addresses the challenge of delivering needed infrastructure in an era of increasingly limited financial resources and changing consumer demand and mobility patterns. Open Roads strives to build the right project, at the right time, to deliver the right results.

Maine DOT (pdf 16 kb)
Maine DOT has introduced the concept of Highway Corridor Priorities to highlight the hierarchy of road needs. Those highway corridor design needs must be further refined within the context setting of the specific location. It is clear that one size does not fit all. When properly evaluated, an acceptable range of solutions will be available. This is the backdrop of MaineDOT’s Practical Design philosophy.

Maryland Department of Transportation
The purpose of this Policy is to: Provide design principles, which focus on producing safe and efficient projects that address an area’s most important needs at the most economical cost; Provide a methodology by which these principles can be incorporated into all planning, preliminary engineering, and design activities; and, Define when in a project cycle practical design methods and principles should be employed.

Minnesota DOT
MnDOT supports Performance-Based Practical Design (PBPD), and directs its design professionals to apply PBPD criteria where practicable on every project. PBPD helps better manage transportation investments and serve system-level needs and performance priorities with limited resources. Building on design approaches such as Context Sensitive Solutions, Asset Management, and Value Engineering, PBPD helps focus on improving and evaluating overall system performance.

Missouri DOT
Funding for highways is rarely adequate to cover all the needs of the system, and a recessed or depressed economy only complicates the issue. In 2004, MoDOT recognized such an economy on the horizon. Realizing it had no control over its future funding stream, the department began to focus on the most efficient way to spend its money, however small the amount.
This change in philosophy marked the birth of the Practical Design concept. Under the Practical Design model, a project is structured solely on the basis of its purposes and need, no more, and no less. Practical Design provides good solutions across the entire system, as opposed to perfect solutions in isolated locations. In this manner, the entire highway system improves and even a modest budget can be stretched to provide quality transportation for Missouri’s taxpayers.

Montana DOT (pdf 19.1 mb)
Incorporating a performance-based road design approach into the road design project development process enables design teams to make informed decisions about the performance tradeoffs. This is especially helpful when developing solutions in fiscally and physically constrained environments.

Ohio DOT (pdf 7.2 mb)
Performance-Based Practical Design is a Design philosophy that will guide our decision making process to ensure that we are making the best possible investments in our transportation system as a whole. It requires that we clearly understand the problem (Purpose and Need) and craft a SAFE solution that addresses it.

West Virginia Department of Highways
West Virginia Department of Highways works with contractors to implement Alternative Technical Concepts (Practical Design).

Wisconsin DOT (pdf 176 kb)
PBPD is a decision making approach that helps agencies better manage transportation investments and serve system level needs and performance priorities with limited resources.