RoadLIFE GPS – Software Application for Processing GPS Data from US550 in Northwestern New Mexico

Public-private partnerships as an alternative means of delivering goods and services are receiving increased attention as state departments of transportation consider ways to maximize limited resources. In 1998 the New Mexico Department of Transportation (formerly New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department) entered into an innovative partnership with a private consultant to design and manage the reconstruction of a major highway, and the numerous innovations of the agreement included a first-of-its-kind long term performance warranty. The innovations used on this project, primarily regarding features of the public-private partnership between the parties, make this project one of national interest and significance. RoadLIFE is the name given to a broad research effort to examine various aspects of the benefits expected from innovations used on the US550 Project as required by agreements between the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the federal government. This paper provides an examination into one aspect of the US550 Project as part of the RoadLIFE effort: the occurrence of unexpected pavement distresses and erosion along the corridor, and efforts to identify trends in these distresses through logging and mapping their location. While determining the cause of unexpected performance along the corridor is central to evaluation of the effectiveness of the features of the public-private partnership used on this project, the scope of this paper is confined to describing the development of a software application to correlate milepoints along the corridor with field GPS coordinates, and preliminary efforts to identify trends in the data.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 17p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01158168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NM08SP-02
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2010 4:33PM