Infrastructure Insider Web Event Series - March 2021 - A Mountainous Highway Upgrade & Quantifying Pavement Rehabilitation Impacts

March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Each session offers a professional development hour credit. You can REGISTER HERE for free.

Session 1: Rocky Road: A Mountainous Highway Upgrade to a Vital Las Vegas, Nevada Corridor

12 p.m. Eastern | 11 a.m. Central

This webinar session will feature a panel of six industry professionals, representing the Nevada DOT, and contractors from concrete, aggregate and construction firms. They will offer an overview from conception to completion of the widening of a primary corridor linking Las Vegas with neighboring Pahrump, Nye County. Insightful and informative, this is a not-to-be-missed presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overcoming geographical, weather challenges
  • Remote, isolated construction challenges
  • Partnering for success
  • Public outreach and motorist notifications

Panelists include:

Don Christiansen,Resident Engineer and Tony Illia, Public Information Officer
Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT)

Ron Adair, Project Manager
Aggregate Industries – SWR Inc

Peter Sundell, General Superintendent
Stewart & Sundell Concrete Inc.

Danny Sanders, President
Sanders Construction Inc.

Jack Sjostrom, Senior Project Manager
CA Group Inc.

Session 2: Quantifying Pavement Rehabilitation Impacts to Minimize Adverse Economic Impacts

3 p.m. Eastern | 2 p.m. Central

Description: Smart road owners plan and try to mitigate the impacts of construction delay on system users and local businesses. This short one-hour web event offers a chance to learn more from researchers about a free, newly developed planning tool that can help quantify these costs. The tool is an easy to use Excel workbook that simulates user behaviors based on a national statistically significant survey. Able to simulate differences based off of location, road volume, time of the year, and local businesses, the tool offers planners a way to quantify the potential impacts of pavement rehabilitation.

Simulations can help planners find ways to minimize these potential impacts to reduce economic hardship. Led by Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, webinar attendees will be introduced to the first nationally-transferable, comprehensive, and inclusive set of metrics that quantify the costs of traffic delay, work zone crashes, and interruptions to local business operations.


  • Learn about typical hourly costs of rehabilitation, an option to defray these costs, to users and local businesses.
  • Interact with Auburn’s Excel tool to quantify project specific costs.


Jeffrey J. LaMondia, Ph.D.
Department of Civil Engineering, Associate Professor
Auburn University

J. Richard Willis, Ph.D.
Vice President for Engineering, Research, and Technology
National Asphalt Pavement Association