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Does privatizing highway management work?

Assessing the performance of Atlanta's contracted highway management program

As a method for improving and maintaining our transportation infrastructure, while controlling costs, some federal, state, and regional agencies are adopting public-private partnerships for building and managing various roadways. The Georgia Department of Transportation has hired private companies to oversee and improve the traffic control equipment, communication, and timing of 20 of the Atlanta region’s main arterial highways. These companies are also implementing state-of-the-art, active-management strategies where traffic control is adjusted in response to events such as crashes.

Westat is evaluating the operational performance for these corridors over time so that officials can determine the value to the public of privatizing highway management.

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