2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Bell J.
Practical Design Methods

Item 450 #7h

Item 450 #7h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Department of Transportation FY2019 $2,000,000 FY2020 $20,000,000 NGF

Page 393, line 25, strike "$2,605,551,490" and insert "$2,607,551,490".
Page 393, line 25, strike "$2,184,395,205" and insert "$2,204,395,205".

Page 394, after line 40, insert:

"H. The Department shall employ value engineering and practical design methods in conjunction with any project on any highway system using criteria established by the Department, including all projects costing more than $5 million.  Practical design methods are defined as practices designed to achieve more focused transportation improvements at lower costs by taking into consideration existing conditions and designing only those essential improvements that meet the project's purpose and need. Such practical design methods may (i) focus on improvements that meet but do not seek to exceed the project's initial objective, (ii) encourage flexibility to meet a project's objective, (iii) seek cost savings, and (iv) allow for the reuse of existing infrastructure when feasible."


(This amendment increases the nongeneral fund appropriation for VDOT construction projects by $2.0 million the first year and $20.0 million the second year to reflect the assumed savings associated with the use of practical design methods for all construction projects in excess of $5.0 million pursuant to the provisions of House Bill 59, 2018 Session of the General Assembly. Although the legislation does not increase revenue, by reducing project costs it will allow for the short-term allocation of additional funding, and over the long-term will reduce project costs by an estimated $5.0 billion over five years.)