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Project development

Engineering process


Planning involves stakeholder engagement processes and analysis to develop goals for the transportation system and plans to achieve those goals. These efforts culminate in identifying projects to improve the transportation system. Broadly, the planning process progressively narrows the focus from transportation system-level to project-level through these steps:

  • Identify transportation system goals, objectives, performance measures, strategies and investment priorities
  • Identify a realistic vision for the corridor that is consistent with state, regional and local plans
  • Identify and document high-level problems and opportunities through one (or more) of the following paths:
    • Planning studies – including corridor, regional, MPO, and other studies
    • Asset management reviews – including the project selection process
    • Standalone issues
  • Document specific problems and opportunities for a segment of the transportation system

Activities to start

Coordination and consultation

Activities to coordinate

Activities to complete