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State Highway Infrastructure Report - Massachusetts

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The information displayed is provided by the State Department of Transportation (DOT) in their 2018 Baseline Performance Report, 2019 Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) data submittal, and 2020 Mid Performance Period (MPP) Progress Report and has not been edited by FHWA. Any questions about individual State reports should be directed to the respective State DOT.

Please note: FHWA has posted data from State DOT reports to help bring context to their performance targets. This data may result in some discrepancies among published State DOT performance data due to data sources and reporting years used when establishing the performance targets.

Significant Progress Determination

Using data from the 2020 MPP Progress Report, FHWA has determined whether a State DOT has made significant progress toward achieving its individual targets for five National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) measures and one National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) measure, as described in 23 CFR 490.109.

Full Significant Progress Determination Table

  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Interstate Lane Miles Good Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- 70.1 75.6 -- --
    Target -- -- -- -- 70.0

    Behind the data: For the first performance period only, baseline condition and 2-year targets are not required for the Pavements on the Interstate System measures.


  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition

    "In accordance with the Performance Management 2 (PM2), schedule, MassDOT has established targets for the condition of NHS pavements, which are intended to guide investments to all nonmunicipal NHS, regardless of ownership. MassDOT will present to the MPOs in Fall 2018 to coordinate target setting for municipally owned pavement. The setting of pavement condition targets for the first performance period is challenging given the lack of historical data for the new measure. Working with our partners at FHWA, MassDOT’s approach is to use past indicators for a trend, set conservative targets inititally, and review at the middle of the performance period (2020) which will provide three years of condition performance upon which future targets can more accurately be determined.

    Note Pavement performance targets in the TAMP are in terms of PSI. MassDOT has translated PSI targets to the FHWA measure in accordance with the PM2 reporting schedule. MassDOT has commenced a collaborative process with its municipal and regional partners to set targets for PM2. MassDOT plans to continue use of Pavement Serviceability Index (PSI) for the foreseeable future for both capital planning and internal performance management purposes. The decision to continue use of PSI at MassDOT is based on a high level of confidence in the measure, and substantial historical data supporting predictive modeling."

    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2019, 2020 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Interstate Lane Miles in Poor Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- 0.3 0.1 -- --
    Target -- -- -- -- 4.0
  • Behind the data: For the first performance period only, baseline condition and 2-year targets are not required for the Pavements on the Interstate System measures.


  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition

    "In accordance with the Performance Management 2 (PM2), schedule, MassDOT has established targets for the condition of NHS pavements, which are intended to guide investments to all nonmunicipal NHS, regardless of ownership. MassDOT will present to the MPOs in Fall 2018 to coordinate target setting for municipally owned pavement. The setting of pavement condition targets for the first performance period is challenging given the lack of historical data for the new measure. Working with our partners at FHWA, MassDOT’s approach is to use past indicators for a trend, set conservative targets inititally, and review at the middle of the performance period (2020) which will provide three years of condition performance upon which future targets can more accurately be determined.

    Note Pavement performance targets in the TAMP are in terms of PSI. MassDOT has translated PSI targets to the FHWA measure in accordance with the PM2 reporting schedule. Given the shared ownership of non-Interstate NHS pavements, MassDOT will explore strategies to support performance management of the system by its municipal partners. MassDOT has commenced a collaborative process with its municipal and regional partners to set targets for PM2. MassDOT plans to continue use of Pavement Serviceability Index (PSI) for the foreseeable future for both capital planning and internal performance management purposes. The decision to continue use of PSI at MassDOT is based on a high level of confidence in the measure, and substantial historical data supporting predictive modeling."

    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2019, 2020 HPMS Data Submittal

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

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate Lane Miles in Good Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition (IRI only) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 32.9 33.5 34.1 -- --
    Target -- -- 30.0 -- 30.0
  • Behind the data: For the first performance period, FHWA has calculated the values for Baseline and Actual using International Roughness Index (IRI) only (or Present Serviceability Rating (PSR) values for road sections where speed is less than 40 mph) for assessing condition change from the baseline.


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

    "In accordance with the Performance Management 2 (PM2), schedule, MassDOT has established targets for the condition of NHS pavements, which are intended to guide investments to all non-municipal NHS, regardless of ownership. MassDOT will present to the MPOs in Fall 2018 to coordinate target setting for municipally owned pavements. The setting of pavement condition targets for the first performance period is challenging given the lack of historical data for the new measure. Working with our partners at FHWA, MassDOT’s approach is to use past indicators for a trend, set conservative targets inititally, and review at the middle of the performance period (2020) which will provide three years of condition performance upon which future targets can more accurately be determined.

    Note Pavement performance targets in the TAMP are in terms of PSI. Federal targets were based on IRI, as the baseline indicates. MassDOT has translated PSI targets to the FHWA measure in accordance with the PM2 reporting schedule. Given the shared ownership of non-Interstate NHS pavements, MassDOT will explore strategies to support performance management of the system by its municipal partners. MassDOT has commenced a collaborative process with its municipal and regional partners to set targets for PM2. MassDOT plans to continue use of Pavement Serviceability Index (PSI) for the foreseeable future for both capital planning and internal performance management purposes. The decision to continue use of PSI at MassDOT is based on a high level of confidence in the measure, and substantial historical data supporting predictive modeling."

    The percentage of non-interstate roads in good condition exceeded target. The positive performance (+4.1%) is seen as a direct result of increased state-funded NHS pavement investment in the 2020-2024 Capital Investment Plan, an approximate 20% Increase from previous spending levels.

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    Increased investment (20% from previous spending levels) in the 2020-2024 CIP on the NHS system is expected to stabilize the system and, coupled with more investment in cost effective preservation projects, will lead to improved conditions. The increased investment on Non-interstate NHS is expected to continue, with a focus on cost effective preservation projects. A good example of this character of project is 609106 DOUGLAS- NORTHBRIDGE- SUTTON- UXBRIDGE- PAVEMENT PRESERVATION ON ROUTE 146, advertised on 4/11/2020.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2018, 2019, 2020 HPMS Data Submittal

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

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Non-Interstate NHS Lane Miles In Poor Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition (IRI only) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 31.4 31.5 31.4 -- --
    Target -- -- 30.0 -- 30.0
  • Behind the data: For the first performance period, FHWA has calculated the values for Baseline and Actual using International Roughness Index (IRI) only (or Present Serviceability Rating (PSR) values for road sections where speed is less than 40 mph) for assessing condition change from the baseline.


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

    "In accordance with the Performance Management 2 (PM2), schedule, MassDOT has established targets for the condition of NHS pavements, which are intended to guide investments to all non-municipal NHS, regardless of ownership. MassDOT will present to the MPOs in Fall 2018 to coordinate target setting for municipally owned pavements. The setting of pavement condition targets for the first performance period is challenging given the lack of historical data for the new measure. Working with our partners at FHWA, MassDOT’s approach is to use past indicators for a trend, set conservative targets inititally, and review at the middle of the performance period (2020) which will provide three years of condition performance upon which future targets can more accurately be determined.

    Note Pavement performance targets in the TAMP are in terms of PSI. Federal targets were based on IRI, as the baseline indicates. MassDOT has translated PSI targets to the FHWA measure in accordance with the PM2 reporting schedule. Given the shared ownership of non-Interstate NHS pavements, MassDOT will explore strategies to support performance management of the system by its municipal partners. MassDOT has commenced a collaborative process with its municipal and regional partners to set targets for PM2. MassDOT plans to continue use of Pavement Serviceability Index (PSI) for the foreseeable future for both capital planning and internal performance management purposes. The decision to continue use of PSI at MassDOT is based on a high level of confidence in the measure, and substantial historical data supporting predictive modeling."

    The midpoint percentage of poor non-interstate pavements is consistent with trends forecasted by the MassDOT final TAMP, where baseline conditions are expected to be largely maintained in the near term. The midpoint percentage of poor non-interstate pavements marginally missed the target (-1.4%) and is consistent with trends forecasted by the MassDOT final TAMP, where baseline conditions are expected to be largely maintained in the near term.

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    MassDOT believes that through the increased NHS Non-interstate pavement spending, noted above, improvements within this measure will lead to achievement of the 4 year target. Additional state-funded NHS pavement investment in the 2020-2024 Capital Investment Plan, resulting an approximate 20% Increase from previous spending, and is expected to stabilize the system. The additional spending coupled with a greater emphasis on cost effective preservation is expected to result in improved conditions.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2018, 2019, 2020 HPMS Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Massachusetts % Deck Area in Good Condition on NHS Bridges


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 15.1 15.6 15.6 -- --
    Target -- -- 15.0 -- 16.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    MassDOT's forecast accounts for the effects of the current Bridge Capital program (FY 2019-2023) on addressing existing poor structures and deterioration adding to the poor population of bridges. MassDOT has historically measured bridge condition performance through the number of poor-rated (i.e., “structurally deficient”) bridges within the overall Massachusetts National Bridge Inventory (NBI) network, with overall bridge Health Index (HI) as a secondary measure. To fully align with Federal performance measures, MassDOT's 2018 Performance Tracker will also include the measure - percentage of deck area on the NHS rated good.

    The midpoint condition surpasses target (+0.6%), and is on track to meet the 4-year goal. The better than expected performance is attributed to a lesser than anticipated rate of decline of good condition bridges than anticipated.

    N/A
    Increases in good area are primarily the result of bridge replacements . Rehabilitations do not always bring a structure to good condition, given that legacy elements are retained. MassDOT continues to work on project delivery to ensure planned investments are brought to construction on schedule, and ensure investment strategies are followed through fulfillment of the capital plan. Bridge replacements tend to be of the more complicated projects MassDOT delivers due to environmental and right of way impacts, and the process improvements support timely delivery of these investments. Preservation activities are critical to keeping good bridges in good condition. Increased emphasis on the state funded maintenance program is supporting these activities.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2018, 2019, 2020 NBI Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Massachusetts % Deck Area in Poor Condition on NHS Bridges


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 13.1 12.9 13.5 -- --
    Target -- -- 13.0 -- 12.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    MassDOT's forecast accounts for the effects of the current Bridge Capital program (FY 2019-2023) on addressing existing poor structures and deterioration adding to the poor population of bridges. MassDOT has historically measured bridge condition performance through the number of poor-rated (i.e., “structurally deficient”) bridges within the overall Massachusetts National Bridge Inventory (NBI) network, with overall bridge Health Index (HI) as a secondary measure. To fully align with Federal performance measures, MassDOT's 2018 Performance Tracker will also include the measure - percentage of deck area on the NHS rated good.

    The midpoint condition does not meet target (-.5%), and this is a result of a greater than projected increase of poor area within calendar 2019. However both the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Viaduct rehabilitation projects are nearing completion, which will collectively address 11% of current NHS Poor area, and are scheduled completion by the fall 2020. The completion of these projects will achieve the 4 year target at present conditions.

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    MassDOT's forecast accounts for the effects of the current Bridge Capital program (FY 2021-2025) on addressing existing poor structures and preserving existing bridges from becoming poor.

    For rehabilitation efforts, both the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Viaduct rehabilitation projects are scheduled for completion by the fall of 2020. The completion of these projects will achieve the 4 year target at present conditions.

    Preservations investments are best exemplified by the planned FFY 2021 advertisement of project 606528, SOMERVILLE- BRIDGE REHABILITATION/RECONSTRUCTION, S-17-031, I-93 NB AND SB FROM ROUTE 28 TO TEMPLE STREET, a project to preserve a large NHS structure .

    MassDOT continues to work on project delivery to ensure planned investments are brought to construction on schedule, and ensure investment strategies are followed through fulfillment of the capital plan.

  • Data Sources:
    Massachusetts 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Massachusetts 2018, 2019, 2020 NBI Data Submittal


Significant Progress Determination

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 2020 Mid Performance Period Significant Progress Determination Results table. For example, the State may have set aggressive targets, and not met those targets, while another State may have set more easily attainable targets, and met those targets. 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.

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).

Massachusetts 2020 Mid 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 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 34.1 Yes Yes Yes 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 31.4 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 15 15.6 Yes Yes Yes Additional reporting
Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Poor condition 13.1 13 13.5 No No No
Updated: 03/08/2022
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