Methodology for the Placement of Maintenance Area Headquarters

Report No: 85-R15

Published in 1985

About the report:

A methodology for strategically locating Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation maintenance area headquarters throughout the state was developed and pilot tested in the Charlottesville Residency (Albemarle and Greene counties). In the developmental phase, many parameters and work load indicators were examined for their effect on the optimal location of an area headquarters. From the examinations, it was concluded that the one work load indicator to be assigned the greatest weight was the travel time from the headquarters to the work sites. The methodology generates travel time contours around any number of area headquarters within a given area; thus allowing the contours for several headquarters to be examined for overlap and areas not reached within the established travel time to be identified. Consequently, the need for headquarters to be added, eliminated, or reduced to subarea status can be established.

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.


  • David C. Wyant

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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