Assessment of Planning Models for Indian Reservation Roads

State and metropolitan transportation agencies have planning models to forecast highway condition and investment needs and analyze the benefits and costs of potential improvements. In comparison, tribal planners have few (if any) tools. One option (or remedy) is to transfer the same technologies used by state planners (e.g., the Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS)) to tribal planners. With this in mind, Benson (in an earlier MPC project) translated the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) database into an HPMS-like format that can be read by HERS-ST. While HERS test runs on the converted database are continuing, the thoroughness of the data poses many challenges. While most state highways are paved, many miles of Indian Reservation Road are unpaved. HERS-ST lacks specific mechanisms for analyzing the deterioration and costs of unpaved roads or low-type surfaces such as bituminous treatments or very thin asphalt layers. Therefore, supplemental methods may be needed to fully analyze the types of roads found on reservations.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

    1320 Albrecht Blvd.
    Fargo, ND  United States  58102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tolliver, Denver

    Benson, Doug

  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20131031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01466133
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0008
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:11PM