Transportation Asset Management Case Studies
LCCA: The Colorado Experience
5. Was It Worth It?
In Colorado's experience, the use of LCCA creates positive results within the organization itself and within its larger constituency. For CDOT, the effective use of LCCA:
- Leads to greater communication between the agency and industry representatives, as well as increased dialogue between construction, design, and materials personnel, all of which improves efficiency and roadway performance,
- Keeps engineers current with regard to progressive developments within industry and in costing,
- Provides cost justification to key stakeholders, including highway users, the end customers,
- Helps extend the use of funds by setting priorities during budget shortfalls,
- Creates a two-way feedback loop,
- Aids credibility with roadway users by creating transparency about the agency's decision process, and
- Protects the State.
Figure 7: Paving near 10,000' elevation on US 550 at Molas Divide near Silverton.