Like many state transportation agencies, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) faces unprecedented challenges related to project development and management. Staff losses due to attrition and retirements have resulted in the loss of institutional knowledge. Early- to mid-career project managers (PMs) shoulder more responsibilities than ever while being expected to deliver over 600 successful projects each year. To improve the efficiency of project management, PMs must be able to access effective project management concepts, tools, and strategies which are field validated. Recognizing the importance of strengthening its project management capabilities, the Cabinet asked the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) to provide ongoing support in this area. This report presents a high-level summary of the support delivered over a three-year period, including a review of project management practices at 11 state transportation agencies, a peer exchange convened with key stakeholders at the Utah Department of Transportation, the development and delivery of multiple Project Manager’s Boot Camp (PMBC) trainings, creating articles on project time management, assistance with software implementation (PDP-Precon and AASHTOWare Estimation), the selection and implementation of division-specific performance measures, and building a database which describes and links to administrative regulations and statues with a transportation focus. Recommendations are advanced to help KYTC deepen its commitment to effective project management.

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