Pavement Management Roadmap
4. Roadmap Implementation
The stakeholders involved in the development of the Pavement Management Roadmap identified a plethora of research, development, and technology transfer needs that are required to solidify the role of pavement management in transportation agencies today, and to help ensure its applicability to the needs of transportation agencies in the future. As outlined in the Roadmap, this will require a coordinated plan that:
- Enhances the skills of pavement managers.
- Improves the use of existing technology and tools.
- Promotes the concepts of pavement management among decision makers and the public.
- Expands the data considered in a pavement management analysis.
- Explores the use of new tools and technology to improve the current approaches to data collection and analysis.
The Roadmap presents both the short-term and long-term priorities that will enable the pavement management community to accomplish these objectives. In total, the needs identified in the Roadmap will require $14.57 million in funding to achieve the stated goal. This amount of money is clearly beyond the capabilities of any single organization within the transportation community. Therefore, the successful implementation of the Roadmap demands a focused, cooperative approach among national and international organizations that are in a position to fund and support these types of research and outreach activities, including the FHWA, AASHTO, the National Research Academy and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), state highway agency research departments, and other industry representatives. This approach demands that:
- Funding to support pavement management initiatives is increased to meet the needs of stakeholders at all levels.
- Agencies work together to secure the necessary funding for the highest priority items.
- The pavement management community embraces the Roadmap and supports its implementation.
- Effective strategies for implementing the activities developed under this Roadmap are incorporated into each study.
- Responsibility for tracking accomplishments and pushing forward the remaining needs is assigned to a central organization.
The completion of this document represents the end of the collaborative process that was followed to identify and prioritize the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders who are involved in the use of pavement management data and analysis tools to support the cost-effective management of the nation's pavement infrastructure. As documented in this report, the implementation of the Pavement Management Roadmap will rely on the creativity and resourcefulness of all those working in the pavement management community. Whether involved in the implementation and update of pavement management systems, the use of pavement management information for decision making, the training and advancement of practitioners' skills, or securing funding to support pavement management activities, stakeholders must get involved in supporting the activities outlined in the Pavement Management Roadmap if the community is to reach the vision for pavement management over the next 10 years.
|The implementation of the Pavement Management Roadmap will rely on the creativity and resourcefulness of all those working in the pavement management community.|
Although the implementation of the Pavement Management Roadmap will require the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, several recommendations are provided to help ensure that the implementation is a success at advancing pavement management initiatives. The recommendations include the following:
- Establish a Pavement Management Roadmap Steering Committee with responsibility for the implementation and oversight of the document. It is recommended this Committee be organized as a subcommittee under the TRB Committee on Pavement Management (AFD10) with representation from FHWA, state and local transportation agencies, academia, associations, and private industry. This Committee should be responsible for promoting and tracking accomplishments under the Roadmap as a way to keep it in the national spotlight.
- Assign FHWA primary responsibility for addressing the institutional training and technology transfer initiatives identified in the Roadmap. The FHWA, through its National Highway Institute, provides training to improve the performance of transportation agencies. In addition, the FHWA has supported the conduct of peer exchanges, national conferences, and other initiatives to advance pavement management activities. Using innovative approaches that recognize the traveling limitations that restrict agency participation in conferences and training classes, the FHWA should continue to be the primary support for these types of initiatives, as outlined in the Roadmap.
- Identify funding support for two to three problems statements each year through AASHTO and TRB. This activity requires state support for the initiatives outlined in the Roadmap in order to advance the problem statements through the TRB funding process. Therefore, it is recommended that the AASHTO Joint Technical Committee on Pavements assume responsibility for this effort, for each of the next 10 years outline in the Roadmap. This recommendation in no way restricts support for additional research activities through other organizations. Instead, it merely seeks to provide a mechanism to ensure that financial support for pavement management activities remains a priority over the life of the Roadmap.
- Raise the profile of pavement management and its effectiveness at supporting sound asset management concepts. As an industry, we have not placed an emphasis on promoting pavement management concepts within the transportation community. However, with the increased focus on asset management, and the importance of performance measures to improve agency accountability, agencies will increasingly rely on pavement management to support these initiatives. Therefore, the pavement management community needs to become more active in promoting its capabilities and documenting the benefits to an agency that uses these concepts to support investment decisions. The Pavement Management Roadmap can become the instrument needed to champion additional support for pavement management, as a critical tool in transportation agencies. The pavement management community needs to identify and promote a slogan that conveys the benefits, such as "Pavement Management...the key to preserving your pavement investments."