Roadway Safety Hardware Asset Management Systems Case Studies
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Since the early 1990s, the term "asset management" has grown to embrace a broad array of tasks and activities aimed at identifying, assessing, prioritizing, evaluating, maintaining, rehabilitating, renewing, preserving, improving, and managing assets. This report addresses asset management of roadway safety hardware in the United States. Increasingly refined and complex tools such as modern bridge and pavement inventory management systems have been developed and adopted by many State departments of transportation (DOTs), as well as some of the larger departments of county and municipal governments. Many of these management systems have been developed cooperatively by pooling funds and in other ways, such as assistance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Through maintenance and enhancement efforts, these software systems are growing in their robustness and capability to deal effectively with complex, real-world issues and conditions. One software management area that has not advanced as rapidly is roadway safety hardware inventory, which includes an array of signs, signals, roadway lighting luminaries, support structures for signs, guardrails, pavement markings, and deployed detecting devices—all vital to safe, efficient highway operations.
This study provides information to State DOTs on roadway safety hardware management systems that would help increase their use of state-of-the-practice techniques. This report was developed for State DOT personnel, particularly chief engineers and other top management, involved with the planning, funding, and execution of roadway safety hardware management systems.
Gary L. Henderson
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)
|1. Report No
|2. Government Accession No.
||3. Recipient’s Catalog No.
|4. Title and Subtitle
Roadway Safety Hardware
Asset Management Systems
|5. Report Date
|6. Performing Organization Code
Mr. David J. Hensing, Dr. Shahed Rowshan
|8. Performing Organization Report No.
|9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA 22102
|10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
|11. Contract or Grant No.
|12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Office of Safety R&D
Federal Highway Administration
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20590
|13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report, April 2005
|14. Sponsoring Agency Code
|15. Supplementary Notes
FHWA COTR, Kerry Perrillo Childress, Office of Safety R&D
This study provides information to State DOTs on roadway safety hardware management systems that could help increase their use of state-of-the-practice techniques. This report was developed for State DOT personnel, particularly chief engineers and other top management, involved with the planning, funding, and execution of roadway safety hardware management systems.
|17. Key Words
Asset management, roadway safety hardware
|18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.
|19. Security Classif. (of this report)
|20. Security Classif. (of this page)
|21. No. of Pages
|Form DOT F 1700.7 (8–72)
||Reproduction of completed page authorized
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2. CASE STUDIES OF STATE DOT ROADWAY SAFETY HARDWARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
CHAPTER 3. CONCLUSIONS
APPENDIX A. FHWA LETTER TO DIVISION OFFICES
APPENDIX B. QUESTIONNAIRE TO STATE DOTS
APPENDIX C. SUMMARY OF AASHTO SURVEY RESULTS
APPENDIX D. LIST OF STATE DOT CONTACTS
LIST OF FIGURES
LIST OF TABLES