California Department of Transportation

Project Development Workflow Tasks (PDWT)

Part 3 - Identify Project Need and Project Initiation Document

II. Project Initiation Document

E. Prepare and Approve PID (WBS 150.25) - Circulate, Review and Approve PID (WBS 150.25.20)

P83. Circulate Draft PID for Internal Reviews

The Department utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in the planning, developing, and evaluation of projects. Once the project engineer has written a Draft PID, the document must be reviewed for completeness and accuracy, and to ensure that State and Federal requirements for project development studies have been met. Two different but related reviews of the Draft PID must be performed.

The project engineer relies upon the participation of the PDT members and functional unit technical experts to perform the District Circulation review of the Draft PID. Typically, the project engineer will make and disseminate copies of the Draft PID to the PDT members, functional units and, when involved, DES functional units for their last review and comment. Most districts have a preset list of individuals who are designated to perform the District Circulation review. Use of the preset list ensures that appropriate functional unit experts, district management, DES and appropriate HQ personnel review documents consistently.

After reviews, the PID is updated and any issues are resolved. Some districts have implemented a procedure requiring the project engineer to respond back to reviewer’s comments notifying them that their comments have been received and incorporated, or an explanation why they have not been incorporated is provided. This procedure ensures that significant issues raised by the reviewers are not ignored or omitted by the project engineer, and the reviewer is ensured that important issues have been addressed.


PDPM, (Chapter 8, Section 4, “Project Delivery Team”)

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