Cost Comparison of Washington Safety Rest Area Operations with Other States

This research addresses the PacTrans topics of traffic safety by investigating total operating cost of safety rest areas in Washington state and comparing it with other states. This will be one of the important steps towards adopting cost effective method in operating safety rest areas in Washington. Safety rest areas reduce drowsiness, distracted driving, and unsafe/illegal parking along the roadside (Caltrans 2020). Safety rest areas are one of the tools to keep highway users safe and help them arrive at their destinations safe. Several states, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, closed many safety rest areas to save their maintenance cost due to budget limitation. Therefore, the operation cost of safety rest areas became a concern for states. How to maintain safety rest areas cost effectively while providing for road users’ needs is a looming major challenge for today. The principal objective of this study is to compute the unit operating costs of Washington safety rest areas and compare them with other states. With this comparison, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) may have an opportunity to know if they are operating the safety Rest Area cost effectively.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $80000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

    University of Washington
    More Hall Room 112
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Project Managers:

    Shrestha, Kishor

  • Performing Organizations:

    Washington State University, Pullman

    Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
    PO Box 642910
    Pullman, WA  United States  99164-2910
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shrestha, Kishor

  • Start Date: 20200816
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220815
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764678
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 5 2021 5:22PM