Developing a Pavement Management System for Small Communities

Transportation infrastructure (such as road, bridges, bicycle path, and pedestrian walks) plays a big role in the city public works since it is directly related to community planning and public safety. There is an obvious need that an efficient management tool should be developed for resource allocating, decision making and long-range planning. Significant advances have been made during the last decade in developing infrastructure asset management systems. However, municipal cities have difficulties in implementing asset management systems for various reasons, including inadequate staff and limited usage of condition and inventory data, a lack of training, and others. A small city, for example, might have a limited budget for infrastructure maintenance and a shortage of manpower and technical resources. Therefore, research is needed to review the current practice on transportation asset management at county and municipal levels and provide useful recommendations to local government agencies. Pavement management is a concept that involves the coordination, scheduling, and accomplishment of all activities performed by a highway agency in the process of providing adequate pavements for the public. The system approach to pavement management is a rational, highly structured process that attempts to achieve the best value possible for the public funds expended to provide pavements. Of course, management decisions are made each day in the course of normal operations of highway agencies. The purpose of a pavement management system (PMS) is to improve the efficiency of this decision-making process, expand its scope, provide feedback regarding the consequences of decisions and the results of activities, and ensure the consistency of decisions made at different levels within the same organization.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $85000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Highway Administration

    Department of Pavement Technology, HIPT-10
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    South Dakota State University, Brookings

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Brookings, SD  United States  57007
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wang, Hao

    Qin, Xiao

  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161213
  • Source Data: MPC-441

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01497111
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2013 1:00AM