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State Highway Infrastructure Report - Massachusetts

The information below summarizes the TPM Highway Infrastructure performance measures, which include four pavement condition measures and two bridge condition measures. Per 23 CFR 490, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are required to establish 2- and 4-year targets for these measures. The targets should represent the anticipated condition/performance at the mid-point and end of the 4-year performance period. State DOTs establish targets at the beginning of each 4-year performance period, and report on progress every two years. When establishing targets, State DOTs have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. FHWA encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. Performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

The targets and discussion of basis for targets, optional adjustment of targets, progress, and planned activities were provided by the State DOT in its most recent biennial performance report. FHWA has not edited this information. It is provided to help bring context to the State DOT’s performance targets and progress. The data in the tables and graphs is from the biennial performance report or HPMS data submittal as noted below each measure summary. Any questions about the information should be directed to the State DOT.

Data reported by State DOTs was collected in the previous year, representing the condition/performance at the time of collection. Thus, in the tables and graphs below, FHWA labels data with the year representing the condition/performance, rather than the year the data was reported. The same thing is done for the targets--the year represents when the corresponding actual condition/performance data will be collected, not reported. More Information.

Significant Progress Determination
FHWA determines significant progress for these measures after the mid-point and end of each performance period. A State has met or made significant progress toward target achievement if “actual” condition/performance is equal to or better than the established two-year target or “actual” condition/performance is better than baseline performance 23 CFR 490.109(e). As provided in 23 CFR 490.107(b)(2)(ii)(A), baseline condition/performance is derived from the latest data collected through the beginning date of the performance period. FHWA will classify the assessment of progress toward the achievement of an individual 2-year or 4-year target as “progress not determined” if a State provides the extenuating circumstance information required in 23 CFR 490.109(e)(5), and FHWA accepts the information.

Most recent Significant Progress Determination for the Infrastructure measures

Most Recent Significant Progress Determination for all applicable measures

 

  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Interstate Lane Miles Good Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance 71.8 -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 70.0 -- 70.0

  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition

    Observing a slight decrease in Interstate good pavement over last performance period (0.5%), and with comparatively more comprehensive rehabilitation projects planned in the near future, MassDOT forecasted a status quo for good Interstate condition at the outset of this performance period. Rehabilitation projects have a large cost per mile than preservation, which may translate to decreased rate of network improvement within a constrained budget.
  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Interstate Lane Miles in Poor Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance 0.0 -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 2.0 -- 2.0

  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition

    MassDOT has set a target 2% poor target, as opposed to 5% in the previous performance period. Future pavement condition modeling does not forecast an appreciable increase in poor Interstate pavement based on the current investment strategy. MassDOT modeling is based on PSI, which is found to be more sensitive within the poor category than the federal measure, and therefore feels comfortable reducing the threshold for allowable poor pavements on the interstate.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate Lane Miles Good Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 30.0 -- 30.0

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition

    There were challenges with the upload of 2021 condition data to the HPMS system, with some data being rejected, and we have provided a revised data set with the issue resolved. The HPMS analysis provided on what was accepted (dated 8/15 and attached) shows a result of 33.9% good pavement, and our own analysis suggests the rejected pavement segments would likely fall into the fair category and will not demonstrably affect the results. We have chosen a target of 30% in recognition of uncertainty around the baseline and a projection for status quo within the network based on our investment strategy.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate Lane Miles Poor Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 5.0 -- 5.0

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition

    There were challenges with the upload of 2021 condition data to the HPMS system, with some data being rejected, and we have provided a revised data set with the issue resolved. The HPMS anlaysis provided on what was accepted (dated 8/15 and attached) shows a result of 2.9% poor pavement, and our own analysis suggests the rejected pavement segments would likely fall into the fair category and will not demonstrably affect the results. We have chosen a target of 5% in recognition of uncertainty around the baseline and a projection for status quo within the network based on our investment strategy.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 HPMS Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate Lane Miles Good Condition


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance 16.0 -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 16.0 -- 16.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    The driver for increased "good" area is bridge replacements. Bridge rehabilitation most often translates to stable "fair" bridges, and preservation projects maintain the status quo. The BIL Bridge Formula Program, and commensurate Next Generation bridge program funding, will have a ramp up where near term replacement projects are expected to maintain the current good inventory, and increased good area will be seen in the latter part of the decade.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 NBI Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2025

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate Lane Miles Poor Condition


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
    Condition/Performance 12.2 -- -- -- --
    Target -- -- 12.0 -- 12.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    Annual NHS poor area performance area is a direct reflection of the net difference of improvements (i.e. poor bridges brought to a higher condition state) and deteriorations (i.e. bridges which became poor during that that year). Using a new methodology described in the TAMP to better predict deterioration through consideration of bridge project history, MassDOT believes the deterioration rate will remain consistent through the performance period, and at the tail end begin to decrease as increased preservation spending, which began with FFY 2022 advertisements, begins to stem the rate of decline within the inventory. On the improvement side, as described previously in the "good performance" measure, delivery of capital projects will ramp up through the first half of the decade, with meaningful progress toward backlog reduction beginning mid-decade. The targets selected for this measure take these influences into account and forecast a near term status quo. MassDOT's TAMP provides a comprehensive description of near term investment strategy.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2022 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2022 NBI Data Submittal


Significant Progress Determination

This table shows FHWA’s most recent determination for the Infrastructure performance measures.

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Significant Progress Determination Results table. FHWA understands that each State’s program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their performance targets. 

Massachusetts 2022 Full Performance Period Significant Progress Determination Results
Measure Area Measures Baseline Target Actual Better
than
Baseline?
Achieved Target? Made
Significant
Progress?
Consequences
[23 CFR 490.109(f)]
The condition of pavements on the Interstate System Percentage of pavements of the Interstate System in Good condition 75.61 70.0 71.8 No Yes Yes None
Percentage of pavements of the Interstate System in Poor condition 0.12 4.0 0.0 Yes Yes Yes
The condition of pavements on the National Highway System (NHS) (excluding the Interstate) Percentage of pavements of the non-Interstate NHS in Good condition Based only on IRI 32.9 30.0 I/D* No No No Additional Reporting
Based on Full Distress + IRI --- --- --- --- ---
Percentage of pavements of the non-Interstate NHS in Poor condition Based only on IRI 31.4 30.0 I/D* No No No
Based on Full Distress + IRI --- --- --- --- ---
The condition of bridges on the National Highway System Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Good condition 15.1 16.0 16.0 Yes Yes Yes None
Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Poor condition 13.1 12.0 12.2 Yes No Yes

* Insufficient Data denoted by "I/D"

1 The 2-year condition/performance, in 2020 Mid Performance Period Progress Report, as the baseline condition/performance, as required in 23 CFR 490.105(e)(7)(iii).
2 Ibid.

Updated: 12/06/2023
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