Cost

Cost estimates for rural ITS in Arizona (ITS maintenance, weather information systems, highway advisory radio, motorist assistance patrols, and training applications) totaled $3.78 million per year for five years.

Arizona DOT review of statewide rural ITS through June 2007.


September 2007
Statewide; Arizona; United States


Summary Information

This project investigated rural ITS for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and reviewed current practices and concepts used by transportation agencies across the country. The primary focus was on ITS maintenance, weather information systems (RWIS), highway advisory radio (HAR), motorist assistance patrols (MAPs), and information sharing/training applications. Initial tasks included interviews with ADOT engineers, maintenance staff, and managers regarding rural ITS infrastructure elements implemented or decommissioned statewide through June 2007.

Estimates of initial capital costs, annual operations and maintenance costs, and resulting five-year funding estimates were provided for the following ITS deployment concepts.
Focus AreaDeployment ConceptInitial Capital CostsOperating & Maintenance CostsEngineers Opinion of Cost (Over 5 Years)
ITS MaintenanceThird-Party ITS Operations & Maintenance Contracting - $200,000 Annual Contract
-
$200,000
$1,000,000
Truck Escape Ramp Monitoring - 7 Sites at $125,000 Per Site (Total)
$700,000
$35,000
$875,000
Expansion of Rural Cellular Coverage - Major US Highways & State Routes
$74,999
-
$74,999
DMS Construction - 8 Sites at $312,500 Per Site (Total)
$2,300,000
$40,000
$2,500,000
Weather Information SystemsParticipation in Clarus - Database Development & Maintenance, Coordination with National Agency
-
$100,000
$500,000
RWIS Deployment - 48 Sites at $112,000 Per Site (Total)
$768,000
$921,600
$5,376,000
State Meteorologist- 1 Position at $85,000 Annual Salary
-
$85,000
$425,000
Low Cost Weather Stations - 40 Sites at $2,500 Per Site (Total)
$64,000
$7,200
$100,000
Low Visibility Detection - 15 Sites at $75,000 Per Site (Total)
$900,000
$45,000
$1,125,000
Bridge Deck Anti-Icing Monitoring - 3 Locations at $100,000 / Site (Total)
$240,000
$12,000
$300,000
Develop IGAs for Flood Detection Data - 11 Counties at $70,000 (each)
$770,000
-
$770,000
Mobile Data Collection for Snowplows - 54 Snowplows at $12,000 / Vehicle (Total), w/ satellite communication
$540,000
$21,600
$648,000
Traveler Information SystemsPortable HAR - 8 Units at $30,000 Each (Total)
$200,000
$8,000
$240,000
Work Zone HAR Specification Development - One-Time Consultant Fee
$5,000
-
$5,000
Permanent HAR Sites - 20 Sites at $25,000 Per Site (Total)
$400,000
$20,000
$500,000
Intelligent Rest Area Deployment - 15 Sites at $48,000 Per Site (Total)
$645,000
$15,000
$720,000
Corridor Travel Time Monitoring - 8 Sites at $112,500 Per Site (Total)
$800,000
$20,000
$900,000
Emergency Detour Routing - 33 EMS at $6,000 Per Sign (Total)
$148,500
$9,900
$198,000
Motorist Assistance and Safety ServicesMAP Specification Development - One-Time Consultant Fee
$30,000
-
$30,000
CRASH Vehicles - 20 Vehicles at $90,000 Per Vehicle
-
$360,000
$1,800,000
Enhance Field Communications with Phoenix District via 800 MHz Radios - 50 Units at $1,500 Per Unit Installed
$75,000
-
$75,000
ADOT VHF Radios in DPS Vehicles - 440 Units at $1,500 Per Installation - Total $660,000: *All Costs by DPS
-
-
-
District Training Programs - Consultant Fees for Protocol Updates
-
$8,000
$40,000
Information Sharing/TrainingOversized Load Management - Initial Implementation of System. * System Expansion and On-Going Costs Absorbed by Industry Agencies
$400,000
-
$400,000
Simulator Interagency Training - LTAP - Supplemental Activities to Establish Coordination with Partner Agencies
-
$12,000
$60,000
Internal Information Sharing - 5 Conferences Per Year for 20 Participants
-
$50,000
$250,000

Conceptual cost estimates for each ITS focus area are shown in the table below drawn from the sources report:

Focus Areas Deployment ConceptsOpinion of Cost
ITS Maintenance
$4,450,000
Weather Information Systems
$9,244,000
Traveler Information Systems
$2,563,000
Motorist Assistance and Safety Services
$1,945,000
Information Sharing
$710,000
TOTAL OVER 5 YEARS
$18,912,000
AVERAGE TOTAL COST PER YEAR
$3,782,400



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Source

ITS Concepts For Rural Corridor Management: Final Report 615

Author: Henry, M., & Wendtland, M.

Published By: USDOT FHWA

Source Date: September 2007

URL: http://www.azdot.gov/TPD/ATRC/publications/project_reports/PDF/AZ615.pdf

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Cost ID: 2013-00289