Recently, traffic volumes on many highway facilities have increased to the extent that rehabilitation operations can cause long delays and extra operating costs to the users. Consequently, in addition to the construction costs of rehabilitation, user cost has become an extremely important factor in the total economic evaluation of highway improvements. This paper describes a comprehensive methodology for calculating user costs caused by rehabilitations operations on highways. A model based on engineering and economics has been developed and is capable of predicting extra user costs associated with rehabilitation operations. A number of major variables are considered; they include highway type, geometric characteristics, construction factors such as time and length of job, and traffic handling method. The model has been computerized and can be used for either indepth project evaluation or for large-scale network planning. The capability of the methodology is demonstrated with several typical example problems. The results emphasize that, for certain situations, user costs of rehabilitation operations may reach extremely high values. The neglect of user costs can result in major errors in the economic evaluation of alternative highway pavement rehabilitation strategies. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 38-50
  • Monograph Title: Hazardous materials transportation and highway maintenance
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  • Accession Number: 00129364
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024609
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM