Road User Costs in the work zone are added vehicle
operating costs and delay costs to highway users resulting from
construction, maintenance, or rehabilitation activity.
This manual will familiarize the analyst with work
zone and traffic characteristics, explain the possible work zone
related road user cost components that can occur, and provide a
step by step procedure to determine road user costs.
Designers should consider road user costs when determining
the most appropriate construction staging. This
should be done early in the design process while there is still
flexibility in the design. The optimal design will mitigate or avoid
disruptions before they can be created.
Road User Costs play an important role in computing
Liquidated Damages, and selecting the most appropriate project
delivery method (i.e., Incentive/Disincentive, A+B Bidding, etc.), and developing Transportation Management Plans.
This manual is an excellent tool in helping to determine
the appropriate capital investment on a project.
BDC announcement BDC15T-02 (08/31/2015)
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