Evaluate New Equipment or Technology Available for Roadside Fleet Repair

Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT’s) Pickaway County Garage in Circleville is centrally located and equipped with a mechanic’s truck available to travel to locations where equipment breaks down and make minor repairs on site. However, anything more serious, such as a tire change, requires a service call to a commercial vehicle towing service, which are located outside the county, and mostly to the north in Franklin County. Thus many minor breakdowns of equipment lead to very costly delays due to the effort to obtain service and the long drives involved from the vendor to the site and then the garage. The research team assessed the current equipment and the needs of the Pickaway County Garage and developed a list of attributes for an upgraded maintenance vehicle that could conduct a much larger variety of equipment service operations on-site. The research team also visited ODOT’s District 5 and Licking County Garage where two vehicles of this type have been deployed and their advantages and uses described by local personnel. Such a commercial grade repair vehicle obtained for the Pickaway County Garage would cost about $110,000 and would save an estimated $107,000 over its lifetime compared to the present system by reducing productivity losses due to downtime during towing calls.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 39p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01717668
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2019/13
  • Contract Numbers: State Job No. 135777
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2019 3:12PM