MAP-21 impacts on Asset Management for State Departments of Transportation
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On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005, funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014. A significant portion of the act establishes the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) which targets the condition and performance of roads and bridges. NHPP requires each State to develop a risk-based asset management plan for the National Highway System (NHS) to improve or preserve the condition of the assets and the performance of the system.
Broadly this means that each State must establish and follow a program to define their risk-based, asset management strategy that results in a list of projects (work) that would make progress toward achievement of the State targets for asset condition and performance of the NHS. States must explicitly address all pavements and bridges but are encouraged to include all infrastructure assets within the highway right-of-way in their risk-based asset management plan. Those other infrastructure assets could include pavement markings, culverts, guardrail, signs, traffic signals, lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure, rest areas, etc.
MAP-21 requires that a State asset management plan be in a form that the Secretary determines to be appropriate and that it also include:
This combination of requirements is typical of what one expects to see in a long range capital planning exercise, because in this context that’s exactly what is meant by asset management. So the combined elements of the plans will likely be managed by a combination of systems including GIS, Asset Management, Finance, and Business Analytics programs. While the Act does not provide funding for the performance of bridge, tunnel or highway inspections, it does compel the state to complete those inspections on a defined timeline. So in addition to there is definitely a need for a work management program both for the upfront PM/Inspections as well as for the planning and execution of projects output by the process.
A significant investment will be required by the States for the integration of new and existing systems to support the creation of an appropriate asset management plan. The good news is that the cost associated with obtaining, updating, and licensing software and equipment required for risk-based asset management are eligible for federal funding.
More information is available at the Federal Highway Administration website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/summaryinfo.cfm