Impacts of Energy Development on Texas Roads

dc.contributorVirginia Tech Transportation Instituteen
dc.contributorTexas Department of Transportation. MNT – Pavement Preservation Branchen
dc.contributorMartin, Timen
dc.contributor.authorLi, Zhengen
dc.contributor.authorMikhail, Magdyen
dc.date.accessed2015-07-07en
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-11T18:46:27Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-11T18:46:27Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06-04en
dc.description.abstractThe production and exploration of oil and gas in Texas has been ongoing for many years. Recently, Texas has seen a tremendous increase in the exploration and production of energy resources. The number of completed oil and gas wells has almost tripled since 2011. The increase in energy-related activity has greatly benefited the state economy, however, the production of oil and gas generates large numbers of heavy trucks traveling on roads which were not originally designed to handle high-intensity truck traffic. Over time, the large volumes of heavy truck traffic have damaged the roads and significantly reduced their service life. The problem is particularly acute in the counties that have experienced the oil and gas drilling boom. These counties have experienced a more than ten percentage point drop in their percentage of lane miles in "Good" or better condition in just one year. Due to the lack of adequate funding, it is a challenge to maintain existing infrastructure and ensure the transportation system can serve the energy sector in the future. This paper illustrates the impacts of the energy development activities on the state maintained roads, and compares the differences between proactive and reactive maintenance approaches using a case study on a typical Farm-to-Market road. In addition, some of the mitigation strategies implemented in Texas were documented in this paper. The analysis methodology, findings, and strategies documented in this paper can be used by other transportation agencies to mitigate damages caused by the energy sector.en
dc.description.notesPresented during Session 25: Natural Disasters and Resilience Edison Ballroom, moderated by Judith Corley-Lay, at the 9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets (ICMPA9) in Alexandria, VAen
dc.description.notesIncludes conference paper and PowerPoint slides.en
dc.format.extent13 pagesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.citationLi, Z., & Mikhail, M. (2015, June). Impacts of energy development on Texas roads. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets, Alexandria, VA. Presentation retrieved from www.apps.vtti.vt.edu/PDFs/icmpa9/session25/Li.pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/56401en
dc.identifier.urlwww.apps.vtti.vt.edu/PDFs/icmpa9/session25/Li.pdfen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.ispartof9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assetsen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.titleImpacts of Energy Development on Texas Roadsen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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