Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

F1−4: Lane Rental

DESCRIPTION:

Lane rental is a process whereby the roadway user cost, generated by user delays due to lane closures, is transferred to the contractor performing work. The contractor is required to pay the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in order to close a lane. The lane rental costs for peak volume hours are relatively high (up to $60,000 per hour per lane), are reduced for non−peak daylight hours, and are generally free for nighttime construction operations.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

This practice was started to minimize motorist delay by encouraging the contractor to work during non−peak hours. It provides a fair and equitable means to allow the construction contractor to choose its own methods of construction.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Reduced motorist delay and accelerated construction times on the work requiring a lane closure. Because the rentals charges are based on conservative, real numbers—changes in highway capacity, minimum wages, average gasoline prices in the area, etc.—the charges reflect the actual, measurable costs experienced by the motoring public and make the contractor aware of and responsible for the costs.

One of the problems associated with bidding a project with lane rentals is that it is generally perceived to be a large risk to the smaller contractors and therefore may limit competition.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

This technique is used mainly on the high−volume/high−speed Interstates and highways for rehabilitation and reconstruction projects.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Oklahoma

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Faria Emamian, Oklahoma DOT
Phone: (405) 521−2867
E−mail: femamian@odot.org

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