Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 43-01. Use of Transportation Asset Management Principles in State Highway Agencies

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently published Volume 2 of the Asset Management Guide - A Focus on Implementation. The new Guide builds on the principles of Transportation Asset Management (TAM) identified in Volume 1 and provides a step-by-step process that will enable agencies to align their investment decisions to their strategic goals. It will also help agencies develop the plans, processes, and tools to support the agency's performance management philosophy. The Guide stresses the importance of a Transportation Asset Management Plan, as well as the use of performance measurement, asset valuation, and risk assessment tools to support investment decisions. Throughout the Guide are examples of agencies that have adopted and used TAM principles to support their decision processes. However, many of the examples included in the Guide are from outside the United States, where these principles have been in use for many years. What is not well understood is the degree to which TAM principles are being used in state highway agencies (SHAs) within the United States and the advancements that have taken place since the publication of the U.S. Domestic Scan Report by the Federal Highway Administration in 2007. This synthesis will help document the state of practice and the extent to which agencies have shifted their organizational cultures and business processes to support performance-based decisions that consider long-term investment options based on quality data.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29019

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463279
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:20PM