This report addresses several issues to consider when considering performing highway construction work in Kentucky at night. Surveys of other state departments of transportation and Kentucky highway contractors were made to identify best practices and concerns. An advisory committee of experienced KyTC engineers plus contractor representatives met extensively to identify successful approaches for handling key issues which arise on night-time construction projects.

Seventeen specific recommendations have been proposed to enhance the Cabinet's use of night-time construction for its projects. These cover several issues related to night-time work, including contract requirements, traffic control, law enforcement, personnel issues, lighting and public awareness. A method (the Night-Time Project Evaluation Form) was also developed for evaluating a proposed construction project as a candidate for night-time work.

If properly implemented, night-time construction can greatly decrease the duration of highway construction projects, greatly reduce road user delays and associated costs, while providing a safe environment for both workers and the traveling public.

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The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors, who are responsible for the facts and accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, or the Kentucky Transportation Center. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.