Estimating Total Cost of Bridge Construction Using ABC and Conventional Methods of Construction

The U.S. interstate and highway systems are integral parts of the daily lives of the American public and a crucial component of the overall U.S. economy. Nevertheless, due to the extensive use of these systems and their long serving lives, several components of these systems were subjected to a great extent of deterioration and often require emergency maintenance and rehabilitation works. One of the major components of these systems is the highway bridges. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2013 status report, 25.9% of the total bridges in the United States are either considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete; hence, requiring significant maintenance and repair works (DOT 2013). Nevertheless, these projects created a new challenge for all Departments of Transportation (DOTs) across the country as they have to try and minimize the traffic disruptions associated with them in a safe way while preserving the quality of the work and fulfilling the budgetary constraints. In an effort to combat this new challenge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) started adopting and promoting the implementation of accelerated bridge construction techniques (ABC) through the “Every Day Counts” initiative to expedite the projects’ delivery and minimize their impacts on the transportation network (FHWA 2012). One of the most important factors that the decision-makers consider when deciding on whether to use ABC or not is the total construction cost of the project using these methods versus the conventional methods. Another important factor that needs to be considered during decision-making process is road user cost. Although there are various traffic analysis tools that can assist decision makers with a better understanding of highway construction projects, there is a need to combine both construction and user impacts into the final decision-making process. This can be accomplished by present worth analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) analysis, or a combination of the two. The goal of this research is to develop a framework that can be used to support the decision-making process of highway construction projects for application at the planning and operation levels. The framework will allow selections between construction alternatives based on a combination of direct construction costs, indirect construction cost, and user costs. Tools will be developed in this study to estimate direct and indirect costs. The user cost parameters required as inputs to the framework will be estimated utilizing a multi-resolution modeling that ranges from a sketch planning level to microscopic simulation, as appropriate for the project at hand.

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    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Florida International University, Miami

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    10555 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hadi, Mohammed
    • Orabi, Wallied
    • Xiao, Yan
    • Ibrahim, Mohamed
    • Jia, Jianmin
  • Publication Date: 2017-8


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 138p

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  • Accession Number: 01719069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2019 10:50AM