Economic Sustainability of Inner City Streets: A Collaborative Sustainable Asset Management Transportation System Model

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

06/01/14

END DATE

05/31/15

FOCUS AREAS

Infrastructure

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE, MTC
SPONSORS

Harris-Stowe State University
Midwest Transportation Center
USDOT/OST-R

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Fara Zakery
Co-Principal Investigator
Joyce Eisel

About the research

The research team developed and created a sustainable asset management transportation system model, focusing on inner-city road conditions related to municipal asset allocation within three St. Louis, Missouri wards. To facilitate the research objectives, the team collaborated with Missouri constituents including the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the City of St. Louis Street Department, local government officials, universities, and stakeholders.

The team identified roadways for assessment using selection criteria that included roads, traffic, location, safety, utility, and demographics in residential and commercial areas. The selected 45-block area was divided into six sections.

The designated roads were surveyed, photographed, and evaluated using the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri’s Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER). The number of necessary street repairs and costs of each repair were forecast using global mapping technology and historical cost data.

The project team collaborated with other research institutions in utilizing best practices to develop a sustainable, result-oriented solution model of transportation asset management. The effort will assist in the construction of future financial models based on a need-projection-per-dollars-spent ratio. It is expected that this economic development model may be implemented in the St. Louis metropolitan region and replicated by similar municipalities.

Using the criteria of traffic, location, and utility that supports the rating system from this first phase of the project, selected demographic criteria will be used in Phase II. This section includes a 45-block inner-city area in St. Louis, Missouri (within the borders of Compton Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Jefferson Avenue, and Market Street).

During Phase II, the research team, along with the identified community groups, will expand the streets project by including priorities identified by the Midwest Transportation Center and university meetings.


Funding Sources:
Harris-Stowe State University ($20,000.00)
Midwest Transportation Center
USDOT/OST-R ($20,000.00)
Total: $40,000.00

Contract Number: DTRT13-G-UTC37

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