Developing successful highway projects requires sophisticated, multi-year planning efforts to ensure transportation agency employees, staff from the consultant industry, and other stakeholders orchestrate their work in a coordinated manner. From the initial project concept through project letting, transportation agencies address many challenges such as creating an appropriate and efficient design, obtaining the necessary environmental clearances, acquiring right-of-way, and working with utility companies to relocate their existing facilities. KTC’s Project Development group specializes in helping state transportation agencies improve project development workflows and preconstruction project management. The group regularly participates in presenting a comprehensive training course that teaches KYTC and consultant project managers how to manage the activities required to deliver a project on time and within budget.

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Featured Project: Critical Path for Project Development

Delivering a highway design project successfully requires the coordination of all agencies involved: KYTC Central and District Offices, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and various local and regulatory agencies. The project manager is responsible for this task and for overseeing the timely completion of project development milestones. Critical milestone dates and project hours are typically estimated, but a detailed schedule is not usually provided by consultants involved with the project. To ensure timely project delivery to letting, KTC developed critical path schedules to be used by the design consultant during the negotiation stage of the project. The critical path method (CPM) tool assists KYTC Project Managers in coordinating the numerous resources and agencies required to deliver a highway project to letting. The methodology includes templates for typical design projects and a summary of common project phrases. In addition, KTC is developing CPM training and a handbook to help KYTC Project Managers prepare and review design critical path milestones. This effort includes process flowcharts and Gantt chart templates to assist pre-construction project managers with organizing, sequencing, and scheduling project development activities.

Project Manager’s Boot Camp

KTC helped create Project Manager’s Boot Camp training to give KYTC’s Project Managers (PMs) the strategies needed to deliver projects on schedule and within budget.  This 8-day training challenges PMs to take ownership of the whole project and describes the expectations for KYTC’s PMs, gives an overview of the project development process, and teaches project management competencies. In 2016, when 75 people attended, the training was so successful that KTC now conducts a 2-day version (Boot Camp Xpress) to consultants throughout the state, a requirement for Consultant PMs working with the Cabinet. To view the Project Manager’s Boot Camp workbook, click here for the full publication. The curriculum and presentation of this course is a collaborative effort with Special Projects and Initiatives and Policy, Finance, and Economics.

Project Development Faculty & Staff

Jeff Jasper

Program Manager/Research Engineer


Additional Research

  • Training Curricula for KYTC Department of Highways (Collaboration with Policy, Finance and Economics)
  • Review of Initial Project Estimates for Design, ROW, Utilities (Collaboration with Policy, Finance and Economics)
  • Performance-Based Practical Design
  • Project Management Research Support
  • ADA Technical Infeasibility
  • Right of Way Process Review
  • Design-Build Guidance Manual (Collaboration with Special Projects and Initiatives and Construction Engineering and Project Management)
  • 2+1 Roadway Design Guidance (in progress)
  • Best Practices for Project Scoping (in progress)
  • Guidebook for Project Management (in progress)
  • Impact of the New Context Classifications (in progress, Collaboration with Special Projects and Initiatives)
  • AASHTOWare Estimation Implementation (In Progress)