-- The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi
Department of Transportation (MDOT) have entered into a research
contract to develop Web-based computer software that will calculate
road user costs in the state.
faculty and students in the Construction Engineering Technology
program, the software will enable the MDOT to compare road construction
costs against driving delays caused by the construction. Road user
costs are the sum of the cost of running a vehicle, the value of
travel time and the cost of traffic accidents.
The MDOT invested
more than $759 million on road construction and maintenance in fiscal
investment is very important because of the direct impact on the
economic development of the state and the improved quality of life
for its citizens," said Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, one of two professors
working on the project through Southern Miss' research center, Innovation
for Construction and Engineering Enhancement (ICEE).
Marchman and students Carlos Sterling and Blake Howe are also developing
the software. Jeff Pierce, Nelson Sellers and Robert Burt are members
of the MDOT Planning Division and are heading this initiative under
the leadership of Ray Balentine.
to compare construction alternatives, the software will allow the
MDOT to evaluate the different road construction sequences using
a cost/benefit analysis. The final result of this process is to
determine the best cost by comparing the minimum construction cost
for new road projects in Mississippi and the impact on the driving
software will place Mississippi at the forefront of the nation in
terms of the latest technology, current techniques, current terminology
and information used in the calculation of road user costs to be
used by MDOT for contracts for road construction," Marchman
For more information
about the Mississippi Road User Cost (MSRUC) project, contact Dr.
Tulio Sulbaran by e-mail at Tulio.Sulbaran@usm.edu or Robert Burt
by e-mail at email@example.com. For more information about
the School of Engineering Technology at Southern Miss, call (601)