Overseeing the delivery of highway projects at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) requires the successful coordination of activities and inputs from multiple external agencies and members of the agency’s Project Development team, who have varied disciplinary backgrounds. Despite the complexity of project delivery, the Cabinet presently does not estimate hours and project milestone dates until after it has selected a design consultant. Moving forward KYTC should explore requiring consultants to develop a critical path method (CPM) schedule. To facilitate this process, this report describes a methodology for producing CPMs for design contracts/projects based on procedures outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In addition to reviewing the CPM, this document includes critical path templates that are representative of the Cabinet’s project design process. Templates were developed with the assistance of KYTC experts knowledgeable in areas such as project management, environmental processes, utilities, right of way, and highway design. Work-breakdown units, templates, and Gantt charts for three project contexts were developed: 1) Rural Federal Bridge Replacement (Categorical Exclusion I), 2) Urban Federal Bridge Replacement (Categorical Exclusion I), and 3) 4-Mile Rural Road Widening into Urban Intersection (Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact). An in-depth glossary contains detailed explanations of work-breakdown units and flags issues and challenges that merit close attention during project development. With recourse to the tools and templates presented in this report, project managers and consultants can pursue project management in an organized manner and be ready to deal with any contingencies that may arise.
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Kreis, Steven Douglas; Gibson, Bryan; Jasper, Jeff; Van Dyke, Christopher W.; Wallace, Candice Y.; Catchings, Rachel; and McCormack, Sarah M., "Critical Path for Project Development" (2019). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 1675.
Rural Federal Bridge Replacement (Categorical Exclusion I)
Urban Federal Bridge Replacement with RR CE I Process Map.pdf (972 kB)
Urban Federal Bridge Replacement (Categorical Exclusion I)
4 Mile Rural Road Widening into Urban Intersection EA FONSI Process Map.pdf (1039 kB)
4-Mile Rural Road Widening into Urban Intersection (Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact)