There has been a change in emphasis from building new facilities to rehabilitation of the nation's highways. However, with traffic levels approaching or exceeding highway capacities, any maintenance work on highways disrupts the traffic resulting in severe congestion, delays and accidents. As a result, various highway agencies are shifting towards nighttime construction and maintenance when traffic densities are relatively low. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), like other highway agencies, has realized that nighttime work can be an effective solution to congestion problems associated with highway construction and maintenance. The decision to work at night, however, involves a number of complex issues. This research effort attempts to identify important factors which affect decisions concerning nighttime operations. Such factors are obtained as a result of a literature survey and interviews with personnel associated with nighttime operations. Some of these factors include: cost, productivity, quality, safety, congestion, traffic control, noise, human factors, public information and lighting. Each of these factors is evlauated in light of certain nighttime projects in Florida. Results of analysis and a summary of guidelines is provided to help FDOT in developing future nighttime operations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Florida, Gainesville

    Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611

    Florida Department of Transportation

    Haydon Burns Building, 605 Suwanee Street
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32301

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ellis, R D
    • Herbsman, Z J
    • Kumar, A
    • Chheda, P N
  • Publication Date: 1991-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 154 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00623564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FL/DOT/RMC/0548/3543, FU 4910450432412, Proj 99700-7531-119
  • Contract Numbers: C-3543
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1996 12:00AM