Transportation Asset Management Case Studies
Data Integration: The Virginia Experience
VDOT is responsible for the third-largest, State-maintained highway system in the country.
Virginia's transportation system is a vital element in the State's economy, providing the safe and efficient movement of people and products throughout the Old Dominion. VDOT is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the State's roads, bridges, and tunnels. It also provides funding for airports, seaports, rail, and public transportation through the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Virginia has the third-largest, State-maintained highway system in the country, just behind North Carolina and Texas. This system is divided into the following categories:
- Interstate-1,118 miles of 4-to-10-lane highways that connect States and major cities.
- Primary-8,050 miles of 2-to-6-lane roads that connect cities and towns with each other and with interstate highways.
- Secondary-47,582 miles of local connector or county roads, generally numbered 600 and above. Two counties, Arlington and Henrico, maintain their own county roads.
- Frontage-333 miles of frontage roads.
VDOT is legislatively mandated to fund the maintenance of Virginia's existing transportation assets before funding capital improvements. VDOT's commitment to maintenance is apparent: nearly $1 billion of its $3.4 billion annual budget is allocated for maintenance activities. These resources have enabled VDOT to maintain its highway network in relatively good condition-as a result, approximately 80 percent of interstate and primary highways are in good condition.
VDOT is a decentralized organization with approximately 10,000 employees located in nine districts and the central office. The agency recently completed a major reorganization effort that established a new Asset Management Division, a combination of the previous Maintenance and Equipment Divisions. The new division also assumed responsibility for roadside development and outdoor advertising activities that were previously performed by the Environmental Division. The Asset Management Division is now responsible for operating and maintaining all of VDOT's assets, including the highway network, right-of-way, rest areas, buildings, and equipment.