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Subject: ACTION: Establishment of Transportation System Preservation (TSP) Working Group Date: July 3, 2003
From: King W. Gee
Associate Administrator for Infrastructure
Reply to:
Attn. of:
To: Associate Administrators
Directors of Field Services
Resource Center Managers
Division Administrators
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers

The purpose of this memorandum is to establish a TSP team to begin the important work of reviewing agency policy, guidance and technical advisories related to highway and bridge maintenance and system preservation. This team will consolidate and clarify existing eligibility criteria for preservation activities to promote TSP as a cost-effective solution for improving the condition of our Nation's highway infrastructure.

The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) introduced new policy flexibility regarding maintenance responsibilities. This revision was focused primarily on the Interstate System and high volume routes until the National Highway System Designation (NHS) Act of 1995 expanded the criteria to virtually all facilities eligible for Federal-aid funds. In evaluating changes brought about by ISTEA, the NHS Act and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), FHWA Headquarters has received numerous inquiries from our field offices and State partners concerning TSP. In response, I have assembled a team of field and Headquarters personnel to develop a consolidated policy and updated technical guidance for TSP. Chris Newman of the Office of Asset Management will lead the team. Other members of this team include:

Rudy UmbsSafety Design DirectorOffice of Highway Safety
Andrew HughesDivision AdministratorMississippi Division
Lubin QuinonesDivision AdministratorPuerto Rico Division
Don WestSenior Highway EngineerOffice of Program Administration
Mark SwanlundPavement Design EngineerOffice of Pavement Technology
Dave NicolChief Operating OfficerCalifornia Division
Peter KleskovicAssistant Division AdministratorMaine Division
Gary MossStructural EngineerOffice of Bridge Technology
Paul SharpStructural EngineerTennessee Division
Mike VothPavement EngineerCentral Federal Lands Highway
Keith HerboldPavement EngineerResource Center at Olympia Fields
Roland NimisStructural EngineerResource Center at San Francisco
Jerry GeibPavement Preventive Mgmt EngineerMinnesota DOT
Jim SorensonSr. Const. & Preservation EngineerOffice of Asset Management
Chris Newman (Team Leader)Construction Management EngineerOffice of Asset Management

We would like to schedule an initial meeting in August 2003 and anticipate the need for two additional meetings. The team's work should be finished in early 2004. Travel will be arranged through the Office of Asset Management. I am available to discuss any thoughts or concerns you may have on this subject or you can contact Chris Newman at 202-366-2023 or by e-mail at christopher.newman@fhwa.dot.gov.

Updated: 06/27/2017
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