U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

Asset Management


Transportation Asset Management Case Studies
Data Integration: The Pennsylvania Experience

Was It Worth It?

Improved management decisions for a major transportation system such as Pennsylvania's cannot be made without a comprehensive and coordinated understanding of the infrastructure assets. Several factors make a department-wide approach to Asset Management and data integration attractive to PENNDOT:

  • In Pennsylvania, aging infrastructure assets and growing transportation needs place ever-increasing demands on the limited resources available to maintain an efficient and safe network.
  • The ability to predict asset needs and asset condition for various funding levels and program policies (i.e., improvement versus preservation versus maintenance) will be essential for strategic and tactical decisions.
  • Competing needs across asset categories and among customers complicate decisionmaking beyond the point where the simplistic analysis approach of just a few years ago can still ensure good investment strategies for the future.
  • Development of shorter term plans to accomplish in-place, long-range strategies will help PENNDOT avoid the inefficiencies of a reactive, management-by-crisis approach.
  • The credibility gained by consistent planning can improve customer and partner buy-in for longer term goals.

If better Asset Management decisions can produce a marginal improvement of only 1 percent in the efficiency of PENNDOT's capital spending (such as achieving similar benefits using less resources), the agency could save more than $28 million annually. More importantly, making poor decisions could have disastrous results in terms of asset performance or in the budgets needed to maintain minimum performance goals.

PDF files can be viewed with the Acrobat® Reader®
Updated: 06/27/2017
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000