Project Number: Clear Roads 08-02/WisDOT 0092-09-08
Status: Completed, November 2010
Investigator: Western Transportation Institute
Report Brief (579 KB)
Article in the "Highway Contractor" section of Better Roads magazine (June 2011 issue)
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.
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.
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.