For the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Department of Highways, project development encompasses all the work activities needed to move a transportation project from concept and project initiation to construction letting. Developing projects efficiently requires the adoption of sound project management practices. Although KYTC has a long track record of executing complex projects, doing so is increasingly challenging due to staff attrition and the attendant loss of institutional knowledge. Today’s entry- and mid-level project managers have more responsibilities than ever but lack a trusted source of guidance to help them manage projects from development through completion. The objective of this study is to produce a comprehensive Project Management Guidebook for KYTC project managers that captures the knowledge of experienced project managers and best practices — from both the Cabinet and other state transportation agencies a guidebook that 1) documents proven strategies for navigating a variety of project types (including bidding methodologies, etc.), and 2) can be used by entry- and mid-level project managers to develop and follow an appropriate project workflow.

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