Elise Miller-Hooks

Price Discovery for Strategic Compensation of Toll Road Operators to Relieve State Maintenance Impacts

Project Abstract

One of the hardest constraints for states contemplating major maintenance events is the impact locally and across the state network of downtime for the facility. Often the cheapest and fastest way to rebuild a major facility is to shut it down completely and then work expeditiously to complete the repair and return it to service as soon as possible. Often, however, the impact of a wholesale facility closure on facility users and users of adjacent facilities is too great – or feared to be too great – to make wholesale closure publicly acceptable. For state DOTs doing highway facility major maintenance, cooperating with toll road operators in the vicinity of a planned maintenance activity may provide an opportunity to mitigate impacts on the traveling public. This study investigates the potential of State DOTs “buying” excess capacity on nearby toll facilities during downtime events.

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Source of Funding:
Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS): Region 3 University Transportation Center
PI: Jonathan Gifford, George Mason University
  CoPIs: Sue McNeil, University of Delaware
Elise Miller-Hooks, George Mason University
Total Award Amount:
$200,000 ($133,333 to GMU)

Project 64


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030


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