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Title:Assessing Road Conditions for Wyoming County Gravel Roads
Principal Investigators:Promothes Saha and Khaled Ksaibati
University:University of Wyoming
Status:Active
Year:2017
Project #:MPC-541
RiP #:01650616
Keywords:asset management, condition surveys, data collection, evaluation and assessment, gravel roads, optimization, performance measurement
 

Abstract

There are over 1.6 million miles of unpaved roads (53% of all) in the United States. In the state of Wyoming, there are around 12,000 miles of gravel roads maintained by Counties in Wyoming. Though these gravel roads generally serve less traffic, they still need a large portion of the counties' budgets to remain in good enough condition to provide service at levels that are acceptable to the traveling public. The fundamental gravel roads maintenance and management challenges faced by county road departments are to provide service at acceptable levels within an acceptable budget. To tackle these challenges, there is a need to develop a Gravel Road Management System (GRMS).

The main objective of this study is to develop a comprehensive GRMS methodology to manage gravel roads. The GRMS will be applied in Laramie County as a pilot study. Laramie County has more than 1,000 miles of gravel roads and can be considered as the representative county in Wyoming. The proposed GRMS will be responsive primarily to potential increase in future traffic volumes due to industrial activities.

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