American Society of Civil Engineers


Improved Procedures for Business Accommodation on Transportation Construction Projects


by Ralph D. Ellis, Jr., (Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, P.O. Box 116580, Gainesville, FL 32611. E-mail: relli@ce.ufl.edu) and Duzgun Agdas, (Post Doctoral Associate, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, P.O. Box 116580, Gainesville, FL 32611. E-mail: duzgun@ufl.edu)
Section: Project Planning and Control, pp. 1146-1154, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41109(373)115)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice
Abstract: Highway construction projects have direct impacts on adjacent businesses. The nature and the degree of impact depend on individual business characterization and project specific factors. The type of business is also a relevant factor in predicting the impact of transportation construction projects. This paper presents the results of research focused on developing an in-depth understanding of these relationships. The study includes project case studies of three transportation construction projects in Florida. Surveys were conducted with all adjacent businesses, which were combined with analyses of the business accommodation procedures employed by State Highway Agencies (SHAs) nationwide to provide measure the efficiency of present rules. The results include an analysis of differing priorities for different classification of businesses and development of design and construction management best practices to better accommodate businesses during highway construction. A pilot project that employed business accommodation principles devised in this research, and improvements to business accommodations observed were compared to cases where no measures were taken.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Business management
Construction management
Highways and roads