Journal of Transportation Management


Highway construction efficiency is critical to highway users such as the trucking industry given today’s era of shortages in funding, and given the need for major re-investments in the highway system. One topic that can add to project costs relates to delays and how contractors are reimbursed for such delays. Delays are common in construction, especially in complex heavy highway and other infrastructure projects, and the claims they generate have negative effects on project schedules and costs. In spite of this, the analysis of claims is hindered due to the variety of methods and analysis techniques in use and lack of standardization in the incorporation of delay claim analysis methods in construction contracts. This paper reviews different methods for delay claim analysis and outlines their advantages and disadvantages. A case study of a bridge project is used to demonstrate the potential for manipulation by using different methods for the same delay case. The analysis shows clearly that a standardized process for delay claim analysis would improve highway construction contracting. Research needs to create a standardized process are outlined.