Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 55-21. Funding and Maintenance of Complete Streets

State departments of transportation (DOTs) are shifting their focus from autocentric, high-speed facilities to multimodal Complete Streets programs that generally include various newly built features. DOTs must determine which Complete Streets features they will fund and maintain. While recent funding is creating opportunities for constructing Complete Streets, maintaining these new features is more challenging. They present snow removal challenges, compatibility issues with existing components, and serviceability challenges for maintenance crews. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT practices related to the funding and maintenance of Complete Streets projects. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) Existence of state DOT policies that govern Complete Streets projects; (2) State DOT funding strategies and/or policies, including cost-sharing arrangements, for the design, construction, and maintenance of Complete Streets features (e.g., new or widened sidewalks, new bike lanes, pavement strips or markings for various users, new bikeways, crosswalk enhancements, pedestrian-scale/bikeway lighting, street furnishings, and wayfinding signage); (3) State DOT practices regarding Complete Streets maintenance, including: (4) Development of new maintenance practices (e.g., new team designated to perform Complete Streets maintenance exclusively, or maintenance by equipment); (5) Maintenance agreements with local entities (agencies, cities, or counties) for Complete Streets projects; (6) Special certification and training programs for maintenance staff; (7) Agreements with the manufacturers for equipment repairs; and (8) Policies for acquiring new materials and equipment (e.g., bikeway sweepers, furnishings and lighting standards, maintenance trucks, temporary traffic control equipment, trailers, flatbeds, etc.). (9) State DOT policies to ensure equitable distribution of funding for Complete Streets design, construction, and maintenance, and the equity factors considered (including policies regarding equity-priority communities).


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 55-21

  • 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

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Nasri, Arefeh

  • Start Date: 20230807
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01884670
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 55-21
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2023 4:43PM