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  • 1.  Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 02-06-2019 02:45 PM

    Request for Highway Design Engineers, <o:p></o:p>

     <o:p></o:p>Can someone share a detailed report on a highway design project (which includes traffic study, geotechnical study, preliminary survey, pavement design)? I would like to review a report of other projects (either completed or on going) as a reference. I believe this will help me better understand the steps involved in the highway design process.<o:p></o:p>

  • 2.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 02-07-2019 10:20 AM
    Remember the existing utility issues.

    [Al] [Field] Aff.M.ASCE
    [Al Field & Associates]
    [Phoenix] [AZ]

  • 3.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 02-10-2019 08:55 AM
    Hi Kumar, good question... What is your target outcome? Did you have a particular context in mind? Have you considered how to interact with stakeholders and the means of connecting to and integrating with local transportation networks?

    Tim Clark, FRAS, R.A., M.ASCE,
    President Emeritus RIBA-USA,
    Deutsche Bahn Engineering,
    Bavaria, Germany.

  • 4.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 02-10-2019 11:37 AM
    The main concern for my question is to know the complete procedure of Highway design from scratch data (I mean using Preliminary survey, geotechnical data, traffic data, material data, etc.)

    Kiran Kumar D P
    Highway Engineer
    919663 742414

  • 5.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 06-25-2020 01:19 PM
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    Hi Kiran.
    I just read your request.

    First, go to

    One report I attach for your information.

    Stay Healthy!

    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880


  • 6.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 06-26-2020 01:58 PM
    Here's the Project Development Manual from the Colorado Department of Transportation.  Perhaps this is useful in seeing the process.

    Chris Enright P.E.,M.ASCE
    Engineer-in-Training II
    Colorado Department of Transportation
    Golden CO

  • 7.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 06-28-2020 09:16 AM
    Hi Kiran Kumar,

    I have less than five years of experience but this is what I have learned. The processes that are involved require coordination with different departments. Highway design engineers are from the Transportation Department. They coordinate with Traffic Engineers in the Traffic Department and other departments like Survey. One discipline that a lot of people get in trouble for is the Environmental Engineering section. This is one of the most important aspects of transportation projects. Every single project requires an environmental review before proceeding to construction, but even before the construction phase, environmental reviews need to be completed very early on. Your question varies depending on the state or region that you are doing work for. Each state has their own procedure although they can be very similar. These are government funded projects so they are public information and you can usually find them on the state's department of transportation websites. These information are not always packaged together but if you want to know what the final process looks like it runs through a review called Final Field Plan Review also known as FFPR. The projects have a basic cycle that looks similar to this:

    1. Concept (Bid)
    2. Preliminary Submittal (PFPR)
    3. Project at 30% Completion Submittal
    4. Project at 60% Completion Submittal
    5. Project at 90% Completion Submittal
    6. Final Submittal (FFPR)

    There are many steps in between that require a lot of coordination such as paperwork and construction drawings that are exchanged. There is a checklist that each company works through to follow the agency's (federal/state/local) guidelines and requirements. Some projects involve primes, sub-primes, and contractors if it is a very large project. Usually there may be a team that will consist of these three main players, unless it is a smaller project.

    Your question seems to be more directed towards project management, but if the reason why you started this topic is because you wanted to understand the life-cycle of a project and role that a highway design engineer plays, then it is more technical than what I provided above. For example, if you are a Team Design Lead then you are someone that wants to make these requirements with respect to your state and local agency's checklist. If you are working to support a Team Design Lead then these are what your team's leads' goals will be. In Georgia, this is what final field plan review checklists look like:

    Required Checklist:

    This is the final boss stage. If they find anything missing or wrong, your documents will be rejected and sent back. Your Transportation Department's PE is going to sign and stamp those projects and one of the most important thing to understand is that you treat his and her stamps like yours.

    Please let me know if this answers your question.
    (If anyone notices there are any errors that I made in this post, please let us know, so that I may correct it. )

    Oanh Le Aff.M.ASCE
    Suwanee GA

  • 8.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 06-29-2020 09:21 AM
    Hi Kiran

    Better you refer IRC SP-19 it will give basic idea and it will solve your all query

    Santosh Anant Acharya

    B.E (Civil ) C.Eng., PEng, FIE,FIV, MASCE, GMICE (UK),MIRC,MIIBE, MICFRC, MIAStructE MIGS,MICI, ISO 9001:2015 QMS Lead Auditor Registered MME Grade A Engineer UPDA (Qatar)

    Santosh Acharya M.ASCE
    Thane MH

  • 9.  RE: Highway Design Project Examples

    Posted 11-01-2020 05:12 PM
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    Perhaps this document might be of interest.

    Stay Healthy!

    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880