Incorporating Risk Management into Maintenance Practice

To fulfill the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), state departments of transportation (DOTs) started to establish enterprise risk management (ERM) programs and develop risk-based asset management plans. FHWA Directive 5520 further encourages state DOTs to develop risk-based, cost-effective strategies to minimize the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. Environmental stressors, such as natural disasters (e.g., earthquake, floods, high wind, and wildfire) and higher average temperatures are changing the life cycle of transportation assets, changing the maintenance needs of infrastructure assets. Incorporating climate change into risk modeling and risk-based maintenance planning is important for an informative, forward-looking, and sustainable decision making and funding allocation strategy. Maintenance personnel offer valuable insight to costs associated with achieving performance goals. At the same time, maintenance personnel need guidance on how to incorporate risk models into maintenance, inspection, replacement, and repair cycles so that scheduled and routine maintenance continue to mitigate the risk from asset deterioration. The purpose of the proposed project is to develop a guide and prototype tool to help state DOTs assess and manage risk in maintenance practice. The project is anticipated to include a review of methodologies and tools used for risk assessment and management and how they are integrated into asset management and maintenance practice (at enterprise level, program level, and project level). Pilot activities and a prototype version of the guide and tool are also anticipated.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 23-38

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Deng, Zuxuan

  • Start Date: 20231016
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01896310
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 23-38
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 16 2023 8:27PM