Developing an Asset-Management Framework for the Interstate Highway System

The United States has made significant investments in its transportation infrastructure and, as this infrastructure is used and exposed to natural environmental forces, it ages and deteriorates. Responsible agencies expend time, effort, and money to preserve and maintain the infrastructure to ensure that it will support consistent, reliable, and safe transportation services and produce economic benefits. One of the nation's most significant investments in transportation infrastructure is the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways, often referred to simply as the Interstate Highway System. That system, initiated 50 years ago, is vital to the nation's economy and is an increasingly critical contributor to global production and distribution systems. Investments in the system are managed by the state departments of transportation (DOTs) and a variety of other associated agencies responsible for specific Interstate facilities. To ensure that the benefits of the Interstate Highway System continue for future generations, these agencies must preserve, operate, maintain, and augment the system's assets. <font size="2">The principles and practices of transportation asset management constitute a framework for making decisions about planning, programming, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of roadways, bridges, tunnels, and other transportation facilities. These principles and practices have been developed in recent years and applied in a number of countries and parts of the United States to protect and ensure high returns on investment in transportation infrastructure assets. Interpretations and practices of transportation asset management can vary among these several applications in appropriate response to the specific asset portfolios, institutional settings, funding, and priorities affecting each particular agency. While many agencies share responsibility for Interstate investments, these assets serve national purposes. Research is needed to develop a practical framework for applying asset-management principles and practices, with an appropriate balance between state and national interests, to support decision making for management of the assets produced by Interstate Highway System investments. The objective of this research is to develop a practical framework for applying asset-management principles and practices to managing Interstate Highway System investments. This framework should be holistic; be applicable to existing facilities and those that may be developed in the future; provide the bases for making decisions across asset classes in an integrated manner and from a systemwide perspective about operation and maintenance as well as new construction and reconstruction; and be easy to implement, cost-effective, and sufficiently beneficial to be attractive for adoption by transportation officials and agencies nationwide.<br /><br /></font>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-74

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive
    Suite 4000
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140-2369
  • Principal Investigators:

    Robert, William

  • Start Date: 20070402
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090101
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19970

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464331
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-74
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:40PM