Then, we do work with the FHWA in the review process. They will prepare the letter to the contractor, and a copy goes to the director and to the construction engineer. We will review their responses, and we try to funnel as much of that back to the contractor. We try to remedy their actions within the work zone. Sometimes, the contractor is not the best source of technical information. We need to improve our analysis, so we go back to the contract documents, research our specs, and ensure they're obtaining what they need to be done in the work zone.
We've also refined our reviser's report. We still have the work zone process review that we use, but instead of our labor purging report, we use the reviser's report. It was never designed to have you do all those reports in one process, so we've taken the labor purging and use that in the writer's draft response, and then we go back to the reviser's report, pull the same projects, the same contractor projects that we pulled for the labor purging, and we pull the same stuff and then send copies to all other involved parties. Now, we're just trying to lower the workload and make sure that everybody is on the same page.
Because we do a joint project with FHWA from time to time, when there's always some joint work zone oversight, we try to work it out with the inspector, before they send out their report, to make sure that we know where they're coming from, what they expect, what their concern is, and where they have some possible duplication. When they write their report, they're being most aggressive and have an uphill battle to show us that. We'll try and make some recommendations to them that help them get where they're going, and we'll send a copy to the construction engineer to review. They go back to the contractor and make sure that the applicant got what they needed done. We also work FHWA projects with them at the beginning of the process, so they can make sure that they have a checklist and that they have the correct forms. The problem is, with a number of states, we haven't had much luck doing that. d2c66b5586