A framework for selecting strategies to impact the success of high volume roadway projects
Chabannes, Clayton C.
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State Highway Agencies (SHAs) are being forced to focus more on rehabilitation, resurfacing, and reconstruction of existing roadways rather than the construction of new facilities. These activities can create several challenges when they must be conducted on roadways with high traffic volumes. This research identified numerous strategies that can be implemented by SHAs that have the potential to influence the overall success of roadway projects with high traffic volumes. This research also created a framework for when to implement these different strategies. These strategies were identified through an in-depth literature review and through case studies conducted on highway projects that were under construction. Through the case studies the different strategies were documented within the context that warranted their use. Information from the case studies was collected and documented through interviews and site visits. The strategies identified through this research were used to create four matrices that summarize the research findings. A general matrix was created to show the motivating project conditions that warrant the use of each strategy. A public relations matrix was created to display the influence the impacted road user groups have on public relations and information strategies. A traffic management matrix was created to show different types of traffic management strategies and the potential impact they will have on the project. Finally, an interdependency matrix was created to show groups of strategies that are related to each other or require the use of other strategies to be able to influence the success of the project. These matrices could be further developed to create a set of guidelines that could be used by a SHA during the planning phases of a roadway project.