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FHWA Order 5080.3

Order
Subject
PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT COORDINATION
Classification Code Date Office of Primary Interest
5080.3 April 13, 1992 FHWA

Par.

  1. Purpose

  2. Cancellation

  3. Washington Headquarters Coordination

  4. Field Coordination

  1. PURPOSE. To provide a forum for coordinating the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Pavement Management Program in the Washington Headquarters, and to provide guidance for coordination in FHWA field offices.

  2. CANCELLATION. FHWA Order 5080.2, Pavement Management Coordination, dated March 23, 1987, is canceled.

  3. WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS COORDINATION
    1. Pavement issues often involve the activities of several Washington Headquarters offices. To ensure coordination among related offices and activities, a Pavement Management Coordination Group (PMCG) was established in 1980. The membership has been revised from time to time to reflect organizational changes in the Washington Headquarters since establishment of the group.

    2. The PMCG consists of the following members:

        (1) Chief, Pavement Division, Office of Engineering, will Chair the Group.

        (2) Chief, Planning Programs Division, Office of Environment and Planning.

        (3) Director, Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development.

        (4) Director, Office of Technology Applications.

        (5) Director, Office of Policy Development.

        (6) Director, Office of Highway Information Management.

        (7) Director, Office of Motor Carrier Information Management and Analysis.

        (8) A Regional Administrator appointed by the Executive Director will serve for 2 years. This assignment will be rotated among the Regional Administrators.

        (9) Chief, Pavements Division, Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development.

        (10) Chief, Long Term Pavement Performance Division, Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development.

        (11) Chief, Materials Division, Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development.

        (12) Chief, Engineering Applications Division, Office of Technology Applications.

        (13) Chief, Strategic Highway Research Program Implementation Staff, Office of Technology Applications.



    3. The PMCG has the following responsibilities:

        (1) ensure that pavement related activities [including the need for, the gathering of, and the use of pavement data] by the several Washington Headquarters offices are cooperatively developed and properly coordinated;

        (2) identify pavement problems or issues which merit attention by the FHWA;

        (3) participate in field reviews as requested or needed;

        (4) serve as the Research, Development, and Technology Coordinating Group for the pavement area as required by FHWA Order 6000.2, Research, Development, and Technology Advisory Councils;

        (5) support the FHWA involvement in the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and the implementation of the products resulting from SHRP, and coordinate the activities of the various programs, studies, and groups involved in the Long Term Pavement Performance evaluation; and

        (6) recommend FHWA policies, programs, or actions to improve effectiveness of pavement-related activities of FHWA, State highway agencies (SHA), and local governments.

    4. A Technical Working Group (TWG) will assist the PMCG in developing and monitoring pavement-related activities. Each Office Director in the PMCG will appoint at least one representative to serve on the TWG.

        (1) The Chief, Pavements Division, Office of Engineering and Highway Operations Research and Development will chair the TWG.

        (2) The chairperson may create working groups for specific technical areas as they deem necessary. Each working group will elect its own chairperson, who shall be a member of the TWG.

  4. FIELD COORDINATION
    1. To provide necessary emphasis to pavement management activities, and to provide the support required to implement FHWA policies and programs in the pavement area, FHWA field offices should develop coordinating mechanisms and assign specific responsibilities for pavement activities.

    2. Each regional office should:

        (1) assure coordination of pavement-related activities within the region, including but not limited to research, technology transfer, Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), SHRP, annual conferences, and vehicle weight enforcement program;

        (2) develop regional operations plans to assist division offices in aiding States and local governments in the conduct of coordinated pavement management programs;

        (3) monitor and evaluate pavement-related activities within the region and provide recommendations to improve their effectiveness;

        (4) designate a pavement management coordinator to serve as the focal point for all pavement-related activities in the region; and

        (5) promote the full range of resources available to strengthen the technical capabilities of local government, SHA, and FHWA personnel in pavement-related areas. Resources available include annual conferences, training courses, and other technology transfer activities and materials, as well as technical expertise within the FHWA staff.

    3. Each division office is expected to:

        (1) designate a pavement management coordinator to ensure that pavement-related activities, including new and rehabilitated pavement design and construction, pavement management, research, technology transfer, HPMS, vehicle weight enforcement program, etc., are well coordinated among functional/administrative areas of the division office;

        (2) monitor and evaluate pavement activities and programs, determine short and long-term needs, and formulate operations plans for meeting these needs; and

        (3) take full advantage of available resources to strengthen the technical capabilities of local government, SHA, and FHWA personnel in pavement-related areas. Resources available include annual conferences, training courses, other technology transfer activities and materials, as well as technical expertise withinthe FHWA staff.

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