Guideline for Decision-Making for Repair vs. Replacement of Highway Maintenance Equipment

The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for state transportation agency fleet managers and others, presenting a readily usable methodology, supportive computational tools, and examples of effective practices for (a) describing and evaluating repair and replacement options when a particular piece of highway maintenance equipment fails and (b) judging which options represent the best value for the fleet and agency. The methodology and tools should facilitate consideration of the range of factors that may be critical to decision-making, such as downtime; budget limitations; seasonality; equipment compatibility; the equipment's age, anticipate service life, and future reliability; current shop capability, warrantees, future liabilities, and availability of rental equipment; cost-recovery period and return on investment; and aspects other than monetary costs that may influence best value. The guidebook shall be presented in a format suitable for adoption by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Agencies (AASHTO). The target audience for this research will be state transportation agency fleet managers and maintenance engineers who are responsible for ensuring availability of equipment to carry out day-to-day highway maintenance operations and may be called on to inform senior agency decision makers and other internal and external stakeholders such as budget-agency and elected officials, road users, and the general public.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 13-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Waltham, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Morrison, Geoff

  • Start Date: 20210128
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221014
  • Actual Completion Date: 20221014

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672548
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 13-08
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2018 9:55AM