Progression of e-ticketing implementation for state transportation agencies for asphalt materials

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E-ticketing, which has been promoted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) “every day counts” (EDC) initiative, utilizes software applications to digitally track and store information regarding highway construction materials paid by state transportation agencies (STAs) by weight in unit bid contract structures. STAs often face implementation barriers such as institutional inertia, or the resistance by stakeholders to adopt changes from the status quo, including new technologies. The purpose of this paper is to determine the progression of STA e-ticketing policy adoption, specifically with a focus on asphalt paving operations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To accomplish this research effort, previous FHWA data, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) data, and other literatures are reviewed to determine an implementation baseline. Additional data is collected from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee on Construction to gain current feedback from STAs and their highway contractor partners after the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, a case study featuring the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors (KAHC), and the Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky (PAIKY) is performed to provide more in-depth analysis. The major finding includes a statistically significant result indicating increased implementation of e-ticketing for asphalt operations within the last two years, along with noting benefits including employee safety, task loading, and project documentation along with concerns regarding cellular connectivity and procurement responsibilities. These findings indicate the importance of STAs investing in partnership with contractors to improve stakeholder buy-in before proceeding towards e-ticketing adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-92
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Road Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

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  • Asphalt paving
  • COVID-19
  • Construction inspection
  • E-ticketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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