This effort to optimize the expenditure of shoulder maintenance resources using value engineering techniques identified cost savings (estimated) approaching 50 percent in connection with foreslope reshaping for the idealized case where obstructures such as delineators and signposts could be removed. Estimated cost savings of up to 26 percent were identified in the foreslope reshaping operation without removal of foreslope obstructions. Recommendations are made regarding equipment and procedural modifications for improvement of foreslope (shoulder) maintenance, and regarding development of an improved shoulder type selection process. The study included data collection to illustrate the operation of one maintenance station in each of 3 districts. In adddition, statewide costs were obtained and used in shoulder maintenance cost analyses. Selected shoulder maintenance operations were analyzed functionally in an effort to reduce their costs.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project was undertaken in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the State Highway agencies of Arizona, Iowa, and West Virginia. This report represents Idaho's input to the project. A final report summarizing the work of all four State study teams will be published by FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Idaho Transportation Department

    Division of Highways, P.O. Box 7129, 3211 State Street
    Boise, ID  United States  83707
  • Publication Date: 1977-2

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Project 83
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1978 12:00AM