Development of a Statewide User Cost Manual for Rural Work Zones

Over recent years, the number of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects has increased significantly due to increased travel demand and a need for maintaining highway infrastructures. With the increased road rehabilitation projects, reducing congestion and delay caused by work zones and improving mobility is more important than ever. Work zones are costly in the actual construction and user delay. Today, highway agencies quantify work zone related costs and investigate methods to reduce them, which is critical to successful work zone management. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has planned to develop a Statewide Road User Cost manual for work zones. Under current procedures, UDOT engineers construct a new cost estimation method each time a contracting clause is required. This practice devours skilled employees‟ time and leads to inconsistent results. A standardized method would enable personnel of varying skill levels to calculate appropriate user cost amounts quickly and consistently, saving the department both time and money. This would enable UDOT to quickly and efficiently determine the cost effectiveness of various alternatives including detours, temporary roadway or shoulder construction and off-peak hour day work. The goal of this study is to develop the framework of the statewide road user cost manual for UDOT. This report documents the research underway at the Utah Traffic Lab (UTL) that will contribute to the development of the user cost manual. This study evaluates the impact of various work zone scenarios caused by roadway rehabilitation projects in Utah. The results for different scenarios are tabulated to construct the Road User Cost (RUC) look-up tables. These tables will assist UDOT for faster contracting and project delivery purposes.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    122 South Central Campus Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of University Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Martin, Peter T
    • Chaudhuri, Piyali
  • Publication Date: 2010-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 39p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01325009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 10-228B
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2010 2:46PM