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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2016, Article ID 8180232, 10 pages
Research Article

The Feasibility of a Land Ferry System to Reduce Highway Maintenance Cost and Associated Externalities

1Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712, USA
2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, University of Nevada, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, P.O. Box 454015, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015, USA
3Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Avenida Brasil 2830, 2340031 Valparaíso, Chile

Received 16 March 2016; Accepted 29 May 2016

Academic Editor: Viliam Makis

Copyright © 2016 Steve J. Merrill et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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