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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-073
Date: October 2005

Roadway Safety Hardware Asset Management Systems Case Studies

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Appendix A. FHWA Letter to Division Offices

October 2002

On behalf of the FHWA Office of Safety R&D, Office of Safety and Office of Asset Management, we have initiated through a contractor the next phase of the Hardware and Safety Management System work with AASHTO. The project is entitled: “The Development of Guidance Material for Hardware Asset Management.”

The project involves documentation of what the leading or best practices are for hardware and safety management systems. Approximately 5 to 10 states are being contacted for case studies that will be documented in a primer. A catalog of the tools (software, hardware and others) that state DOTs and other agencies are using will also be developed. The primer and catalog are expected to be available in 2004.

Attached to this e-mail are the summary results from a 2000 Roadway Management Survey of states performed by AASHTO. This survey provides information regarding states’ roadway asset management inventory.

If you would like to update your state’s information, or for the states that did not respond, submit information regarding the survey, please feel free to forward this to me. Any information that you provide may also be used in the contract identified above in the selection of the five-ten states for case study. (Note: When States responded to the initial AASHTO survey, they were aware of the potential for follow up survey, if they were conducting innovative practices.)

Also, if you are familiar with any private systems that should be considered by the contractor for best practice, please forward this information as well.

The contract also involves the development of a marketing plan for distribution and transfer of the technology for the project. If you have any early input in this regard, it is appreciated. Please also indicate if you would like to be listed on the Technology Facilitation Action Plan for this project as a continuing field contact.

I will be serving as the COTR for this contract and appreciate your time regarding this matter. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Regards,

John McFadden, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE

Transportation Specialist

Federal Highway Administration

Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

6300 Georgetown Pike, HRDS-06

McLean, VA 22101

Phone: (202) 493-3320, Fax: (202) 493-3417

E-mail: john.mcfadden@fhwa.dot.gov

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