snowflakeCost-benefit Analysis Toolkit

Project Number: Clear Roads 08-02/WisDOT 0092-09-08
Status: Completed, November 2010
Investigator: Western Transportation Institute

Final Deliverables
Final Report
Training Manual
Report Brief pdf (579 KB)
Article in the "Highway Contractor" section of Better Roads magazine (June 2011 issue)

Problem
Agencies for the last fifteen years have reduced budgets or have had budgets that remained flat.  As a result every new purchase has to have a cost/benefit analysis to justify its dollar value. The current situation requires an effective method for determining the cost/benefit of incorporating new products and methods into their operations.

Objective
The goal was to develop a practical tool (such as a spreadsheet or computer program) that could be used by Clear Roads states and other agencies to calculate the cost/benefits and justify expenditures for specific new practices, equipment and operations used in winter maintenance activities.

Results
The project team developed a user-friendly, Web-based tool that provides support for cost-benefit analysis (based on available research) for ten practices, equipment and operations. The tool is expandable, so it can include additional areas for cost-benefit analysis as needed in the future. A training guide was also included.

Status Reports
June 30, 2010 pdf (124 KB)
March 31, 2010 pdf (132 KB)
December 31, 2009 pdf (70 KB)
September 30, 2009
pdf (327 KB)
June 30, 2009
pdf (194 KB)
March 31, 2009 pdf (40 KB)