Energy Concerns Relating to Highway Construction and Maintenance

Report No: 79-RP11

Published in 1979

About the report:

During the past six years there has been a lot of talk about energy and the "energy situation". Changes in energy supply and costs have already affected everyone in various situations. There have been direct results in the substantial increase in the cost of gasoline for cars, fuel oil for homes, and electricity for homes and businesses. Predictions for the future range from dire forebodings of abandoned automobiles in a petroleumless society to essentially business as usual after cost adjustments and some reorganization of priorities and technology. The effects in various segments of society will vary and it is necessary to examine each situation to properly focus on the problems and the opportunities for energy conservation in each technological area or industry.

The concern in this presentation is with highway construction and maintenance. A general review of the potential problems created by changes in the energy supply and costs will be made and consideration will be given to the options available to highway engineers for solving such problems.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

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Woodrow J. Halstead

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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