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Title:Assessing Road Conditions for Wyoming County Gravel Roads
Authors:Omar Albatayneh, Waleed Aleadelat, Osama Abu Daoud, and Khaled Ksaibati
University:University of Wyoming
Publication Date:Nov 2021
Report #:MPC-21-440
Project #:MPC-541
TRID #:01832302
Keywords:asset management, condition surveys, data collection, evaluation and assessment, gravel roads, maintenance management, performance measurement



Gravel road safety is a crucial area of road safety since gravel roads represent a substantial proportion of the entire nation's roadway network. Also, gravel roads pose inherent hazards that are otherwise absent in paved roads. Nonetheless, research related to assessing road conditions for county gravel roads has been rarely undertaken. The focus of this research study is to develop a systematic method for ascertaining gravel road conditions in the state of Wyoming. This research is part of a multi-year study that was conducted by the Wyoming Technology Transfer Center (WYT2) at the University of Wyoming to assist the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and local agencies in managing, maintaining, and optimizing gravel road performance and conditions in the state. The study utilizes field data and exploratory and statistical analysis to assess and evaluate the gravel road network performance. The established methodologies consider different factors related to the gravel road itself, such as the number of fines in the surfacing materials, average daily traffic (ADT), average driving speed, and moisture content. In addition, it considers different factors related to the surrounding environment, such as oil production rates, annual rainfall, average monthly temperatures, agricultural lands, and households. The results of this study will be used in developing cost-effective maintenance strategies that will aid in optimizing the Wyoming asset management program. The developed methodologies are intended to benefit traffic engineers, decision-makers, and any other stakeholders.

How to Cite

Albatayneh, Omar, Waleed Aleadelat, Osama Abu Daoud, and Khaled Ksaibati. Assessing Road Conditions for Wyoming County Gravel Roads, MPC-21-440. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2021.

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