Nighttime Construction Impacts on Safety, Quality, and Productivity

The aging of state and local roads and highways and the availability of funding by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) have increased the number of major highway maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction (MRR) projects. Large highway MRR projects can cause significant disruptions to travel patterns and economic activity. MRR activities could be expedited by closing the facility, but in many situations, the remaining transportation network is not able to accommodate the redirected traffic volumes. A method to reduce the impact on the traveling public and area businesses during highway MRR projects is to schedule nighttime work. The advantage in performing MRR activities during off-peak hours is the reduced impact on the traveling public due to decreased traffic volumes. Construction activities during periods of lower traffic volumes minimize inconveniences to highway users and impacts on local businesses. However, nighttime construction introduces other issues to consider including increased safety hazards due to fatigue and poor visibility conditions, impacts on quality of the constructed product, and construction productivity.</font></div><div><span><font size="3"><br /></font></span></div>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-78

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Reynaud, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Ames, IA  USA  50011
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shane, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20090507
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110506
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17993

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464474
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-78
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:43PM