What is Quick-Build?

What is the Quick-Build Methodology and Why Are We Using It Here?

The term ‘Quick-Build’ describes an approach to building infrastructure using low cost, short term materials. Quick-build projects can be bike lanes, crosswalks, new public spaces, or bus lanes! Examples of these projects can be seen below.

At a time of increased competition for funding transportation improvements, the low-cost and iterative nature of Quick-Build projects are increasingly popular because they accelerate project delivery, provide a platform for experiential public engagement, and instigate a paradigm shift toward safer, more complete streets.

Quick-Build projects are defined by the following three characteristics:
01 _ Timeline

Implemented within a faster project delivery timeline than typical
capital design and reconstruction projects; typically a few months to
two years.

02 _ Budget

Temporary enough to be completed on a small budget using interim,
flexible materials, but durable enough to provide the time, political
capital, and budget to evaluate and iterate upon the initial project
design; and

03 _ Process

Utilize a people-centric, holistic process to bridge the gap
between successful ephemeral demonstration projects and capital
reconstruction, which may be supported by scalable policy/program

Quick-Build Project Materials and Methods

Planter and Delineator Protected Bike Lane

Parking Protected Bike Lane

Dedicated Bike Lane with Striped Buffer

Intersection Mural

Pavement Mural

Painted Curb Extensions

Pavement to Plaza


Temporary Bus Platform

Shared Bicycle and Bus Lane

Shared Bicycle and Bus Lane

Shared Bicycle and Bus Lane

“Quick-build projects break down silos, encourage innovation, deliver public benefits, and bridge the gap between a government and the people it serves.”