Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Measuring Performance among State DOTs: Sharing Good Practices -- Pavement Health

"Pavement structural health" refers a highway's capability to meet the demands placed on it by traffic and other service conditions for safe, reliable, and efficient mobility. The notion of structural health as a measure of system performance necessarily has something to do with the pavement's likely ability over some specified minimum time period to carry specified numbers and types of vehicles without requiring substantial remedial action, but currently there is no widely accepted measure of pavement structural health. Previous National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) research has suggested that generally acceptable measures may be available--for example, see NCHRP Report 551: Performance Measures and Targets for Transportation Asset Management, NCHRP Report 632: An Asset-Management Framework for the Interstate Highway System, NCHRP Report 666 Target-Setting Methods and Data Management to Support Performance-Based Resource Allocation by Transportation Agencies, and NCHRP Report 677 Development of Levels of Service for the Interstate Highway System--but adoption of one or a small set of measures will require that DOTs reach consensus. Research completed for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicates that it may be possible to translate different departments of transportation (DOTs') pavement health measures to use them in a common framework for assessing system performance. (See Improving FHWA's Ability to Assess Highway Infrastructure Health: Pilot Study Report.) The objectives of this project were to (a) review specific measures used by DOTs for measurement of pavement structural health, (b) compare and assess the suitability of selected measures to be used more widely to characterize system performance regarding pavement structural health, (c) recruit DOTs to participate in demonstrating how pavement structural health may be compared among states.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(37)J

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Spy Pond Partners, LLC

    Arlington, MA  United States 

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harrison, Frances

  • Start Date: 20120628
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131219
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38395

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549563
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(37)J
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2015 1:01AM