Highway Construction Related Business Impacts: Phase III: FHWA-WY-08/01F
Highway construction projects not only impact the traveling public, but can also impact businesses situated adjacent to the construction project. Even though construction projects are temporary situations, many businesses worry about the level of impact during construction and the length and magnitude of the associated recovery period.
Highway construction impacts on businesses may come in the form of a temporary loss of customers, revenue and property value as well as the creation of noise and air pollution and a host of other problems. Phases I and II of the business impacts study attempted to quantify the estimated business impacts for rural areas such as Wyoming. The intent of Phase III is to investigate the business-related impacts in the town of Dubois, Wyoming due to four highway construction projects on Togwotee Pass scheduled for completion over seven years.
The main objective of the research effort is to address the concerns of the business owners and to measure the effectiveness of mitigation and public involvement techniques undertaken by WYDOT, business owners, and the community. Research on the relationship between highway construction projects and business impacts in Dubious will provide WYDOT’s project managers the information on what types of businesses benefit from various mitigation and public involvement efforts.