The National Academies

NCHRP 08-109 [Completed]

Updating the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide—A Focus on Implementation, Phase 1

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Research Agency: Spy Pond Partners
Principal Investigator: Hyun-A Park, Katie Zimmerman
Effective Date: 3/10/2017
Completion Date: 7/9/2018

In January 2011, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) published its Transportation Asset Management Guide—A Focus on Implementation. This document expanded on the original AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide published in 2002. Both documents were produced with NCHRP research effort and have served to introduce and support adoption of transportation asset management (TAM) principles and practices. Other documents have been produced to address asset management from the perspective of particular transportation modes. The status of TAM implementation in the United States has evolved since the initial guides were published. Facing funding constraints, some agencies have adopted a “preservation first” mindset that focuses on “taking care of what they have” before spending money on expanding the system. Other agencies have responded primarily to federal legislation requiring the use of performance data to drive investment decisions in an asset management plan.  Federal legislation and agency rulemaking have established standards of practice that may not have been envisioned when the AASHTO guides were developed. In addition, research under many programs has produced a variety of new tools and guidance that agencies can use to improve their TAM practices.  TAM practices internationally as well as asset management practices in other industries continue to evolve.  NCHRP Project 8-109 and other associated projects have updated and extended the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide to improve its effectiveness and thereby advance the practices of public-agency TAM.  The resultant products are published by AASHTO and made available through the AASHTO TAM Portal.

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