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TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP ) Web-Only Document 220: Estimating the Life-Cycle Cost of Intersection Designs describes the Life-Cycle Cost Estimation Tool (LCCET). The LCCET spreadsheet allows users to compare alternative intersection designs based on initial construction costs, ongoing maintenance and operations costs, operational efficiencies for a variety of modes, safety effects, and emissions. Alternative designs include roundabouts and traditional intersections using stop signs and traffic signals. Use of the tool is designed to help provide a consistent approach to these comparisons based on benefits and costs.

The Life-Cycle Cost Estimation Tool is available for download. Complementary products to the LCCET and Web-Only Document include the following:

Presentation that describes NCHRP Project 03-110, which developed the LCCET

• Case Studies demonstrating the LCCET

o CS1: Base Case of Signalized Intersections, Alternatives of Multilane Roundabout and Enhanced Signalized Intersection

o CS2: Base Case of Two-Way Stop, Alternatives of Roundabout and Offset T-Intersections

o CS3: Base Case of Offset T-Intersections, Alternatives of Roundabout and Signalized Intersection

o CS4: Base Case of Two-Way Stop, Alternative of Signalized Intersection

o CS5: Base Case of Signalized Intersection (Divided Highway), Alternative of Median U-Turn Intersection

o CS6: Base Case of All-Way Stop, Alternatives of Signalized Intersection and Roundabout Intersection

View a Ready Results summary on applying the Life-Cycle Cost Estimation Tool within a transportation agency.

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Suggested Citation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Estimating the Life-Cycle Cost of Intersection Designs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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