An Optimum Allocation Approach to Closing or Relocating Highway Maintenance Garages in Iowa, 1981

(1981) An Optimum Allocation Approach to Closing or Relocating Highway Maintenance Garages in Iowa, 1981. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Highway maintenance engineers and administrators are often confronted with a number of problems related to highway maintenance work programs. One of these problems is concerned with determining the optimum number and locations of highway maintenance garages in a given area. Serious decline in highway revenues and a high inflation rate have made it necessary to examine existing maintenance practices and to allocate reduced financial resources more effectively and efficiently. Searching for and providing of reasonable solutions to these problems is the focus of this research project. The methodology used is to identify and modify for use (if necessary) those models which have already been developed. Models which could give optimum number and locations of highway maintenance garages were found to be too theoretical and/or practically infeasible. Consequently, research focus was shifted from these models to other models that could compare alternatives and select the best among these alternatives. Three such models -- the Alabama model, California model, and Louisiana model, were identified and studied.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Alternatives analysis, Cost effectiveness, Garages, Land use models, Maintenance facilities
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation > Economics, finance, and taxes
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 17366
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2014 18:26
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 19:55
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17366