Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jun-Seok Oh

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Upul Attanayake

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

In February 2009 the United States Congress pledged over $27 billion toward the construction of highways and bridges in order to stimulate the economy and to begin in the recovery of failing infrastructure. In order to maximize the potential of these and other federal monies dedicated to highway construction, an optimization strategy was developed within this paper utilizing the latest construction and traffic simulation techniques. Use of this strategy coupled with implementation ITS can produce lower costs from both a construction and road user standpoint than traditional methods. A driver behavior modification process is introduced to account for route choice as it relates to the duration of a long term construction project.

The main objective for this study was to develop a new strategy for optimization of construction staging and traffic routing for highway projects, easily adaptable for government agencies, this objective has been met. The developed methods of the strategy were substantiated through a case study presented in a stepwise process. As intended, the strategy incorporated the latest techniques in traffic simulation, construction staging analysis, advanced construction practices and the advancement of intelligent routing with use of a variable message routing system.

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