The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) sponsored the in-person Contractor/Owner Collaboration on ABC Programs Workshop on September 30, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. The invitation-only half-day workshop was co-sponsored by the Nebraska Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC), and was hosted by the Kiewit Corporation at its Kiewit University in downtown Omaha. Approximately 40 individuals from seven regional states – Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado – accepted the invitation to attend, with approximately 15 from the contracting community and approximately 20 from the State DOTs.
The purpose of this workshop was to bring together Midwest/Great Plains Region engineers and their construction contractor partners to explore common interests related to ABC and how to better design, specify, build, and pay for ABC projects in the region. The reason that ABC was the focus of discussions was because of its benefits related to reduced bridge construction time, minimized traffic disruption, improved safety, reduced environmental impact, enhanced constructability, and improved quality and life-cycle costs.
Several presentations were given to bring participants up to date on ABC across the country to set the stage for workshop discussions in the open forum. The Workshop Report documents the activities and outcomes of the workshop.