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State Highway Infrastructure Report - Puerto Rico

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 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % Interstate Lane Miles Good Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Good Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- 9.8 15.2 13.0 --
    Target -- -- -- -- 5.0

    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

    PRHTA conducted a detailed analysis of its Interstate and NHS pavement condtions. In particular, the analysis examined why the Interstate pavement conditions failed to meet the Federal minimums. That analysis also examined in detail the "fair" pavements to determine their exact distresses and what types of lower-cost treatments could keep them from falling into the "poor" category. The analysis found about 250 lane miles of deteriorated concrete Interstate pavement that would not benefit from preservation or maintenance. Because of the high cost of rehabilitating those pavements, the only reasonable strategy was to try to rehabilitate them over a 10-year period. Therefore, a modest target was set for the first four years but as part of a 10-year strategy to steadily rehabilitate the Interstate concrete sections while preserving "fair" and "good" pavement sections. A modest non-Interstate NHS target was set to allow greater investments in the higher-volume Interstate pavements.

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  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Puerto Rico % Interstate Lane Miles in Poor Condition


  • Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- 18.1 12.0 14.2 --
    Target -- -- -- -- 14.0
  • 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

    A modest 4-year target was set for Interstate pavements because of the long lead time necessary to develop the complex concrete rehabilitation projects necessary to reduce the percentage of poor Interstate pavements. Poor concrete sections were the primary reason for the percent of poor Interstate pavements. The proper treatment for those sections is rehabilitation. Rehab projects will take several years to develop and deliver. Despite PRHTA's intent to address the poor Interstate sections, the percentage poor will not improve more than modestly in the next four years. The asset management plan described scenarios for 10 year strategies to rehabilitate all of the poor concrete sections.

    Baseline statewide percentage of pavements of the Non-Interstate NHS in Good condition is 3.88% (The system is not allowing to insert the value in P6)

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  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition (Full-distress + IRI)

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % Non-Interstate NHS Lane Miles In Good Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition (Full-distress + IRI) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- -- 2.6 4.2 --
    Target -- -- 1.0 -- 1.3
  • Behind the data: Because Puerto Rico State DOT has established targets based on full-distress plus IRI data, FHWA has calculated the value for Actual using full-distress plus IRI data for assessing target achievement.


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition (Full-distress + IRI)

    The baseline of the Non-Interstate in good condition is 3.8% obtained from the report card that is based on IRI, rutting or faulting and cracking percentage. We did that because we historically had high values on IRI. We included it as an attachment.As of 2017 data, only 1% of the non-Interstate NHS pavement is rated "good." IRI is the most common distress which reflects poor ride quality, not necessarily poor pavement structure. Because of the large amount of poor Interstate pavement, the non-Interstate NHS target is modest to allow greater investment into the Interstate pavements.

    Baseline statewide percentage of pavements of the Non-Interstate NHS in Poor condition is 8.84% (The system is not allowing to insert the value in P10)

    "Comparison of Actual Conditions to Target As seen by comparing values in P10 with P11, PRHTA exceeded the target for the percentage of Non-Interstate NHS pavements in Good condition. The target was 1 percent good while the 2019 value was 2.6 percent Good.

    Progress Discussion The PRHTA 2020 consistency determination document reported that PRHTA's 2019 spending on Non-Interstate NHS pavements exceeded the spending level for that year called for in the investment strategy included in the 2028 PR Transportation Asset Management Plan (2028 PRTAMP). The TAMP anticipated $36.3 million in spending for pavement projects on the Non-Interstate NHS in 2019. Actual, estimated spending was $49.3 million.

    Furthermore, not only was the pavement condition target exceeded, overall pavement conditions improved between 2019 and 2017. The 2028 PR TAMP was based upon 2017 pavement data. The 2017 data indicated that for the Non-Interstate NHS pavement, 2 percent was Good and 68 percent Fair. The 2019 data for indicate that 3 percent was good and 89 percent Fair.

    The percentage of missing data on the Non-Interstate NHS declined from 21 percent in 2017 to 1 percent in 2019 which contributed to the increase in Fair pavement. (Sections with missing data are presumed to be Poor.) Not only did conditions improve, so did the extent of the pavement condition data, which allows for more informed decision making and more accurate portrayal of conditions."

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    PRHTA continues to aggressively deliver projects necessary to achieve its condition targets. PRHTA also has decreased the amount of missing pavement data. By reducing the amount of missing data, PRHTA is not only improving its pavement data, it is providing a more accurate picture of its pavement conditions. During the remainder of the performance period, PRHTA will continue to aggressively deliver projects, improve data quality, and pursue development of a commercial pavement management system.

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

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

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % Non-Interstate NHS Lane Miles In Good Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Good Condition (IRI Only) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 4.7 4.4 4.5 --
  • 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)

    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition (Full-distress + IRI)

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Puerto Rico % Non-Interstate NHS Lane Miles In Poor Condition


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition (Full-distress + IRI) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- -- 7.8 8 --
    Target -- -- 20.0 -- 20.0
  • Behind the data: Because Puerto Rico State DOT has established targets based on full-distress plus IRI data, FHWA has calculated the value for Actual using full-distress plus IRI data for assessing target achievement.


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Pavement in Poor Condition (Full-distress + IRI)

    The baseline percentage of pavement of the Non-Interstate in poor condition is 8.8% obtained from the report card that is based on IRI, rutting or faulting and cracking percentage. We did that because we historically had high values on IRI. The 8.8% does not include the missing data (which is 23.14%) that it was also a high percentage, therefore we established the 20% for the 2-year and 4-year target. Due to the deterioration of the pavement after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria the prevailing assumptions is that most of the roads that are in the missing data will be in poor condition. Also, the same factors described in P9 influenced target setting for the percentage of Non-Interstate NHS pavements. Additionally, PRHTA is managing more than 400 projects to repair damage from hurricanes Maria and Irma. Those projects already are increasing construction prices and straining the capacity of PRHTA to deliver projects. In light of the post-hurricane emergency, it is not possible for PRHTA to further increase project delivery within the next two years to achieve a higher 4-year target for Non-Interstate NHS pavements.

    "Comparison of Actual Conditions to Target As seen by comparing the values in P20 and P19, PRHTA exceeded at the Mid Performance Period reporting point its target for the percent Poor Non-Interstate NHS pavement.

    Progress Discussion The expenditures for Non-Interstate NHS pavement projects discussed in P12 contributed to the actual percentage of Poor Non-Interstate NHS pavements being less than (or better than) the target.

    Also contributing was the improved data collection that reduced the number of missing sections. The high percentages Poor shown in P17 and P18 were based upon 2017 data. In that year, Hurricane Maria' struck in September and a significant amount of pavement data was either not collected, or some element of the International Roughness Index data was missing. Missing or incomplete data result in a section being assumed to be Poor. The much lower amounts of Poor Non-Interstate NHS pavement shown P19 reflect more accurate data which PRHTA collected in 2018 after partial recovery from Hurricane Maria. "

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    PRHTA continues to pursue its TAMP investment strategies that include a balanced mix of preservation, rehabilitation, and pavement reconstruction. PRHTA also is reducing its backlog of unobligated Federal-aid balances and using those funds for increased project delivery. PRHTA also is using an interim pavement management tool while it pursues development of a commercial pavement management system. The interim tool improved pavement-condition forecasting and allowed analysis of investment strategies that will continue to improve pavement conditions.

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

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

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Puerto Rico % 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 63.9 63.8 64.1 --
  • 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)

    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
    See Full-distress + IRI above.
  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % Deck Area in Good Condition on NHS Bridges


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 18.5 18.0 18.0 17.4 --
    Target -- -- 10.0 -- 10.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Good Condition

    The objective of PRHTA is to maintain or increase the area of bridges in good condition on the bridge inventory which stands at 18.5% in the NHS. However, due to the need to repair area of bridges that require immediate attention due to critical findings (2% prior Hurricane Maria) and because the area of bridges in poor condition is at the target limit (9.9%), PRHTA recognizes that emphasis in the next few years will target more of the bridges with poor condition classification than those requiring preservation in order to remain as good bridges. Thus, the 10% target is a realistic and achievable target in the short term. PRHTA asset management plan investment strategy is for a subtantial increase in preservation and rehabilitation to slow the rate at which bridges are deteriorating into condition state 5 and 4. The TAMP takes a long-term, life-cycle approach that will lead to higher conditions in eight to 10 years, not necessarily in two to four years. Therefore, PRHTA set a modest 2-year and 4-year target for the percentage of " good" or "poor" NHS bridges. PRHTA will maintain its pace of replacing poor structures which will leave the percentage poor near current levels. However, PRHTA intends to substantially increase preservation and rehabilitation efforts. The result is stability in the percentage poor for several years but improved conditions beginning in about six years as the preservation and rehabilitation efforts are in full effect.

    """Comparison of Actual Conditions to Target A comparison of B4 to B3 shows that PRHTA exceeded the 2-year target for the percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Good condition.

    Progress Discussion The 2020 PRHTA consistency documentation showed that PRHTA in 2019 exceeded the square meters of bridge treatments that were anticipated for 2019 in the asset management plan. For NHS bridges, a total of 45,704 square meters of bridge area were treated among all work types compared to the TAMP investment strategy that anticipated treating 40,901 square meters in 2019. Those treatments do not directly contribute to the conditions in this Mid Performance Period report because those treatments will not appear in the National Bridge Inventory until the structures' next inspection cycle. Nonetheless, the increased delivery of bridge treatments by PRHTA illustrates the progress it is making in improving its bridge inventory.

    For NHS structures, PRHTA delivered 26,069 square meters of bridge preservation treatments. That compares to 10,599 square meters that were anticipated by the TAMP for 2019. That increased preservation will contribute to continued progress in maintaining Puerto Rico's bridges. The amount of bridge rehabilitation work was less than expected. However, Puerto Rico was still delivering many emergency hurricane-repair projects that have complicated the bridge program. See additional comments and answers in Attachment for Bridge."

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    "PRHTA is aggressively increasing its delivery of projects. Among the projects under development are an increased number of bridge deck improvement projects. Decks contribute disproportionally to PRHTA's Fair and Poor bridge conditions. PRHTA also is bundling bridge preservation projects when possible with pavement or safety projects. This bundling saves money and increases the number of opportunities for low-cost bridge preservation.

    PRHTA has developed an interim bridge forecasting tool that has helped improve forecasting of conditions and analysis of potential investment strategies. PRHTA continues analyzing which commercial bridge management system best meets its needs and satisfies 23 CRR 515.17 requirements."

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 NBI Data Submittal

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

      Puerto Rico % Deck Area in Poor Condition on NHS Bridges


  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 8.6 8.9 9.0 8.0 --
    Target -- -- 10.0 -- 10.0

  • National Highway System (NHS) Bridges in Poor Condition

    PRHTA was at 9.9% (not 8.6 %) of area of poor bridges in the NHS inventory (that does not include the effects of Hurricane Maria), 2.0% of those were classified as critical findings, which are in priority to repair. The total poor area of bridges will increase as routine inspections are completed, due to all the temporary bridges installed after Hurricane MarĂ­a. Although the impact of the storm in the NHS was minimal compared to the complete system, at 9.9% it will be challenging to maintain the target area, which is the minimum required by the FHWA and thus the target area selected for poor bridges in the short term.

    """Comparison of Actual Conditions to Target A comparison of B12 to B11 shows that PRHTA has performed better than its target for the percentage of the NHS bridges classified as in Poor condition.

    Please see B8 and B9 for a discussion of overall progress to meet or exceed bridge condition targets. "" See additional comments and answers in Attachment for Bridge."

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    """PRHTA is aggressively increasing its delivery of projects. Among the projects under development are an increased number of bridge deck improvement projects. Decks contribute disproportionally to PRHTA's Fair and Poor bridge conditions. PRHTA also is bundling bridge preservation projects when possible with pavement or safety projects. This bundling saves money and increases the number of opportunities for low-cost bridge preservation.

    PRHTA has developed an interim bridge forecasting tool that has helped improve forecasting of conditions and analysis of potential investment strategies. PRHTA continues analyzing which commercial bridge management system best meets its needs and satisfies 23 CRR 515.17 requirements."" See additional comments and answers in Attachments for Bridge."

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 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. 

Puerto Rico 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 3.3 --- 4.4 Yes --- Yes None
Based on Full Distress + IRI --- 1.0 2.6 --- Yes
Percentage of pavements of the non-Interstate NHS in Poor condition Based only on IRI 68.8 --- 63.8 Yes --- Yes
Based on Full Distress + IRI --- 20.0 7.8 --- Yes
The condition of bridges on the National Highway System Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Good condition 18.5 10.0 18.0 No Yes Yes None
Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Poor condition 8.6 10.0 9.0 No Yes Yes
Updated: 12/06/2022
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