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HPMS Public Release of Geospatial Data in Shapefile Format

HPMS Public Release Shapefiles spatially represent limited data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) for 2011-2015 data years.

A preliminary dataset for 2015 is also provided and available for research. This data has not been finalized and may have missing information. There are several States that will update their HPMS Data in the coming weeks. The Office of Highway Policy anticipates that the "Official" version will be uploaded on or about October 1, 2016.

The files have been compressed utilizing the zip file format and are organized by State reflecting highways that are part of the HPMS-defined Federal-Aid System:

Download HPMS Shapefiles

Below are links to text listings of the 2011-2015 Shapefiles available for download.
Download HPMS Shapefiles

  • 1 Interstate
  • 2 Principal Arterial – Other Freeways and Expressways
  • 3 Principal Arterial – Other
  • 4 Minor Arterial
  • 5 Major Collector
  • 6 Urban Minor Collector
  • Additionally, any other highways that are designated as part of the National Highway System

There is also a file, PA_NHS.zip, which is a national dataset including all highways identified as Interstate, Principal Arterial – Other Freeways and Expressways, Principal Arterial – Other, and lower level roadways that are part of the National Highway System.








The following considerations should be adhered to:

  1. The geodetic accuracy and topological structure of the linework have not been evaluated. Use of these data for navigation is not recommended. The user assumes the risk.
  2. National summaries created by aggregating this data may render different results from the information presented in FHWA's Highway Statistics tables. Although the same data was used to produce both formats, GIS processing that linked route data to attribute data may not have been successful and have impacted results in some areas. Data in this spatial format may not completely cover all Federal-aid highways. The information portrayed in the Highway Statistics tables represent the official calculations for national Extent, Condition and performance data and are compiled by enterprise database methodologies.
  3. This information represented in these Shapefiles is a compilation of data collected from many State Departments of Transportation (DOT's). The FHWA extensively reviews the data for consistency and accuracy prior to publication. There may be some remaining discrepancies at the section level. Ultimately, the source of this data is the State DOT's. Subsequent errors that are detected will be passed back to the State DOT for investigation and if confirmed, will be corrected in the following HPMS cycle.
  4. Various formats are used by the DOT's when submitting geospatial data to FHWA. FHWA incorporates these disparate formats into the National HPMS geospatial database. The Shapefile format has been used here as a de facto standard. State-maintained linear referencing systems (LRS) may have been modified to conform to Shapefile formats.
  5. For 2015 Data: The full extent data covers all of the public road mileage in each State. The sample data (Samples are identified as "1" in the Is_Sample Field) can be expanded back to the full extent via the expansion factor data item. The expansion process is primarily designed to expand mileage and travel back to the full extent at the Statewide and urbanized area functional system level. Please be aware that you are dealing with a random sampling of functional systems from Interstate down through collectors and caution should be exercised when making estimates and summaries from the sample data. We recommend a close and comprehensive examination of the entire HPMS Field Manual for a better understanding of the HPMS data and its possible uses.

Due to legacy restrictions in the structure of the Shapefile format, the field names have been truncated to 8 characters and may be different as specified by the HPMS Field Manual. The following is a crosswalk from the field names in the Shapefiles to the data items in the HPMS Field Manual.

Public Shapefile Field Name HPMS Data Item
Year_Recor Year_Record
State_Code State_Code
Route_ID Route_ID
Begin_Poin Begin_Point
End_Point End_Point
County_Cod County_Code
F_System F_System
Facility_T Facility_Type
HOV_Lanes HOV_Lanes
HOV_Type HOV_Type
IRI_Date IRI_Date
Ownership Ownership
Route_Numb Route_Number
Route_Nu_1 Route_Number_Text
Route_Qual Route_Qualifier
Route_Sign Route_Signing
Through_La Through_Lanes
Toll_Charge Toll_Charged
Toll_ID Toll_ID
Toll_Type Toll_Type
Truck Truck
Urban_Code Urban_Code
National_L National_LRS

Point of Contact:

Thomas Roff
Office of Highway Policy Information
(202) 366-5035


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