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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-13-050    Date:  November 2013
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-050
Date: November 2013


Pavement Remaining Service Interval Implementation Guidelines


This appendix addresses issues associated with implementing the RSI concept within an agency. While not part of the actual RSI process itself, the issues covered are critical to the success of an agency’s RSI implementation effort. These issues address the establishment of the agency’s RSI protocol, the identification of an RSI coordinator, and the dissemination of the RSI concept within the agency. These issues only need to be addressed once, with periodic monitoring and revising to ensure they are still appropriate; however, they are vital to the success of an agency’s RSI program.


One issue is establishing an agency protocol for implementing the RSI concept. Adoption and acceptance of this protocol will help formalize the RSI implementation effort. This protocol should be communicated to individuals in the agency, and they should be encouraged to follow it. The protocol should include the following elements:


To ensure the successful implementation of the RSI concept within an agency, it is important to select an individual to lead the RSI effort and define his/her responsibilities. This person, designated the agency’s RSI coordinator, is expected to be involved in all facets of the agency’s implementation effort (and possibly in establishing the protocol for the agency). This activity is not anticipated to require a full-time position.

Key responsibilities of the coordinator, who should have an appropriate level of decisionmaking authority, include, but are not limited to, the following:

To properly perform these responsibilities, the agency’s coordinator is expected to have the following qualifications:

The agency’s coordinator should also be given the responsibility of recommending changes to the RSI concept and process based on the findings from the implementation effort and/or assessments and updates and be provided with the necessary technical and administrative support to properly and efficiently address RSI issues within the agency.


The following list highlights dissemination options that an agency may consider in order to facilitate implementation of the RSI concept and improve the likelihood of success:

It is also recommended that agencies develop a standard of practice regarding input assumptions used by agencies and contractors performing LCC analysis for the agency. While the amount of information available on how long future construction treatments will last varies drastically between SHAs, codifying a set of rules to be used for LCC analysis is the first step in the quality management improvement process. Once implemented, as more information is gained over time, the rules will evolve to match the actual agency experience.