October 26th, 2010

BLACK RIDGE PROJECT

Optimize Mobility, Preserve Infrastructure, by Catherine Higgins.

UDOT Region Four’s first design-build project will improve traffic mobility and safety.

Region Four Project Manager Scott Goodwin

UDOT’ s upcoming Black Ridge to Iron County project on I-15 will build and extra northbound lane and install wildlife fencing for improved mobility and safety for road users.

The project is Region Four’s first Design-Build Project. DB offers a way to accelerate projects through design and construction, since both phases progress simultaneously. Sometimes, DB projects can be completed in half the time as a design-bid build project. Minimizing the duration of projects is one way UDOT helps reduce inconvenience to road users.

In addition to being faster, Region Four’s first DB project will also be paper-free. All documentation will be uploaded online. “There won’t be any heavy boxes to cart around,” says Project Manager Scott Goodwin.  Because Design Build overlaps design and construction phases, the process can

The  Black Ridge to Iron County Line DB project will use a stone matrix asphalt process to rehabilitate pavement, and add a truck acceleration lane, ATMS components and wild-life fencing. The new features will improve safety, extend pavement life, enhance UDOT’s ability to measure and manage traffic and improve mobility through the important travel and commerce corridor.

The project will reduce delay to trucks and cars using the route. Travel delay has a measurable economic cost to road users, and UDOT is dedicated to reducing travel delay as much as possible on this and all projects.

Looking north on I-15 in the Black Ridge to Iron County Line project area.

The project will be Region Four’s first opportunity to use cloud technology — all Black Ridge project documents will be stored in the online storage system ProjectWise. Bryan Adams, Access Utah County Director is helping set up a filing system using ProjectWise as the “backbone.”

Pioneer Crossing, one of five Access Utah County projects, also kept project document in ProjectWise. While saving paper is an advantage of the system, “the biggest savings is in time and resources to file, scan and save documents,” says Bryan. “We don’t have to do that any more.”

More DB projects will be in Region Four’s future. This first DB project will provide experience necessary to add “another tool in the box,” says Project Manager Scott Goodwin. “The lessons we learn on this project we can take with us and apply to future projects.”

Update: The project reached substantial completion at the end of September, 2011. Read about the completed project in this post which has more details about construction and project features.

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