Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), Anheuser-Busch School of Business, is one of six Midwest university partners in the Midwest Transportation Center (MTC), the University Transportation Center (UTC) program for Region 7 funded by a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
With a project grant from the MTC, HSSU student researchers, under faculty advisor supervision, succeeded in the development and completion of a research project to create a sustainable asset management transportation system model. Since HSSU is a Historical Black University, the team focused on inner-city road conditions related to municipal asset allocation within three City of St. Louis Wards. To facilitate research objectives, the team collaborated with Missouri constituents including the Missouri Department of Transportation, the St. Louis City Street Department, local government officials, universities, and related stakeholders.
The team identified roadways for the assessment using selection criteria including roads, traffic, location, safety, utility, and demographics in residential and commercial areas. The selected 45-block area was divided into six sections. The designated roads were surveyed, photographed, and evaluated using the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri’s Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER). The number of necessary street repairs and costs of each repair were forecasted using global mapping technology and historical cost data.
In conclusion, this research has led to the completion of a relevant sustainable asset management transportation system model.This effort will assist in the construction of future financial models based on a need projection per dollars spent ratio. It is expected that this economic development model may be implemented in the St. Louis metropolitan region and replicated by similar municipalities.
Student researchers presented their paper, “Economic Sustainability of Inner City Streets, A Collaborative Transportation and Safety Model,” at the 2015 Annual Washington Business Research Forum in Washington, DC on March 13-14, 2015.
Student Researchers: Brandon Dickson, Jeremi Reed, Micah Stone
Faculty Advisors: Drs. Eisel, Kamkwalala, Salaria, Zakery