The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has developed a procedure for identifying appropriate locations for facilities needed to support the highway maintenance mission. The traditional approach has failed to answer the questions of whether the facility is really necessary and is in the best location, whether the adjoining stations are affected, and what the fiscal impacts of possible alternate locations are. The procedure developed by Caltrans considers the trade-offs between capital costs and operating costs over the project's life and emphasizes changes in expected travel costs as a function of maintenance station location. These costs can then be weighed against the social and administrative aspects of deciding what facilities are needed and where to build them. Computerized network simulation is used to estimate travel-time impacts, while capital costs are evaluated by using discounted cash flows. A field application of the procedure, as a portion of the siting-decision process for a new facility, Beckwourth, is discussed, along with results observed after a year's application. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 32-38
  • Monograph Title: Maintenance, Economics, Management, and Pavements
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029805
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1980 12:00AM