Value Engineering Cuts Highway Costs

by E. S. Hunter, Asst. State Highway Engr.; Oregon State Highway Dept., Salem, Oreg.,
Vincent J. Tabor, (M.ASCE), Area Engr.; Utica Region, FHWA New York Div., Albany, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 10, Pg. 45-47

Document Type: Feature article


The Oregon State Highway Department's experimental Value Engineering team examined over 40 highway projects in a search cost savings without sacrificing quality. While the search yielded only four projects where major savings were deemed possible, those savings added up to an impressive $2.5 million. The authors document the Value Engineering alternatives considered and savings achieved in one of these projects, an overlay design for a cracking 10-mile stretch of Interstate 5. Excerpts from a recent FHWA directive on Value Engineering are also included.

Subject Headings: Value engineering | Highway engineering | Project management | Construction costs | Team building | Pavement overlays | Highways and roads

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