Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 41-09. Techniques for Effective Construction of Highway Projects in Congested Urban Areas

Aging highway infrastructures, difficulty in new right-of-way acquisition, and increasing urban population, all lead to many construction projects on existing, congested urban roadways. A number of factors add to the complexity and difficulty of these projects: (1)  Many infrastructure systems share the same public corridors as highways, including utilities, rail, bus, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. *(2) Urban roadways often cross multiple political jurisdictions and are under the watchful eye of many stakeholders. Mediation among the diverse goals of these jurisdictions and stakeholders requires special techniques and may cause delay in design and execution. (3) These roadways carry important traffic, including general public use, commercial traffic, freight mobility and public safety. Dense population and limited alternative pathways often makes wholesale closure of the roadway infeasible while performing construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation. (4) Construction on roadways under these conditions creates the need for special work methods. It is the purpose of this study to review the techniques that have been developed by the various state departments of transportation (DOTs) in dealing specifically with the issue of construction on highways in highly congested urban environments. The scope is limited to actions beginning with facility design. Full roadway closures are not excluded from study.


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  • Accession Number: 01464167
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:37PM