Transportation asset management rules require state departments of transportation (DOTs) to conduct statewide evaluations of roads, highways, and bridges that have been damaged two or more times due to emergency events declared by the president or the state governor. The intent of the evaluation is to determine if there are reasonable repair and reconstruction alternatives that could be considered to reduce future emergency funding needs in areas with recurring damage. The initial evaluation is focused on National Highway System assets. Subsequent evaluations will include all roads, highways, and bridges. This requirement, specified in 23 CFR Part 667, is new to DOTs and little guidance is available to help agencies develop an acceptable process.
The objective of this synthesis is to document practices by state DOTs to identify locations where highway assets have been repeatedly damaged and considerations for mitigating the risk of recurring damage of assets in those areas.
Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
• Sources and methods of collecting the required data;
• Gaps in data needed by DOTs to conduct the evaluation;
• DOT functional areas responsible for Part 667 evaluations;
• Use of external resources to complete the evaluations (e.g., consultants, university partners, local agencies);
• Tools and methodologies used to conduct the evaluations (e.g., GIS):
• Summary of evaluation outcomes (e.g., number of locations identified by each DOT);
• If and how the results of the evaluation influenced the transportation asset management plan (e.g., investment strategies, risk management); and
• Integration of results into planning processes (e.g., STIP, NEPA, resilience planning, local agency coordination)
Information will be collected through literature review (including Part 667 process descriptions in TAMPs), survey of DOTs directed to FHWA state asset management contacts, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Relevant examples of international practices may be included in the literature review. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.
Information Sources (partial):
• Guidance expected to be published by FHWA in 2018
• Initial asset management plans submitted to FHWA by state DOTs.
• NHS evaluations due November 23, 2018.
Jo Allen Gause
First Panel: November 2, 2018, Washington, DC
Teleconference with Consultant: November 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m., EST
Second Panel: July 23, 2019, Washington, DC
Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah, WSP USA
Silvana V. Croope, Delaware DOT
Shannon M. Foss, Minnesota DOT
Matthew S. Haubrich, Iowa DOT
Zheng "Jenny" Li, Texas DOT
Massoud Nasrollahi, Virginia DOT
Pramen Shrestha, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Greg Wolf, Federal Highway Administration
Matthew Hardy, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Thomas Palmerlee, Transportation Research Board