Highway construction: Improved procedures to overcome challenges and limitations
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State Departments of Transportation and highway contractors share the desire to complete quality constructed highway projects in a timely and cost efficient manner. The timely completion of highway construction projects is a very important objective. Delays in the completion of highway construction projects result in higher costs to Department of Transportation and contractors as well as greater inconvenience to the public. A significant annoyance and discomfort to the public occurs when construction projects are not completed in a timely manner and when the actual progress of the construction work is longer than necessary, thereby prolonging the inconvenience and posing safety threats to both workers and road users. Economic and social welfare and safety are all related to timely completions. In spite of the importance of timely completion, construction delays remain a common occurrence and age old issue. Even though Department of Transportation and highway contractors strive to avoid delays in construction and to minimize the time and costs associated with delays, they often find it difficult to control the circumstances causing delays. Delays in the construction phase can be avoided by actions taken in the preplanning, planning and design phase of the project.