Balancing Environmental Clearances with Construction Work Zone Needs

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) project managers choose between project alternatives whose benefits, costs, and impacts differ. Alternative selection occurs through the preconstruction process and includes benefit-cost analysis, which depends on accurate cost estimates to support decision making. KYTC’s commitment to avoid or minimize environmental impacts, while optimizing project construction savings, requires that competing needs in the Enacted Highway Plan be balanced. Achieving this balance is difficult when project managers lack a reliable procedure for calculating environmental clearance limits (i.e., determining how much land on and near the project site the Cabinet should obtain an environmental clearance for so that contractors have adequate space to complete their work). Failure to obtain sufficient environmental clearances results in higher bid prices and unplanned post-letting environmental mitigation. This drives up project costs and potentially reduces the amount of resources available for other projects.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $115000
    • Contract Numbers:

      KYSPR 24-649

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

      200 Mero Street
      Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kentucky, Lexington

      Kentucky Transportation Center College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
      Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281
    • Principal Investigators:

      Li, Ying

    • Start Date: 20230701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893241
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Kentucky, Lexington
    • Contract Numbers: KYSPR 24-649
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 14 2023 8:49AM