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Peer state assessment of TxDOT maintenance program and practices : workshop and road rally findings

Gao, Lu , Chi, Seokho, Prozzi, Jorge , Yildirim, Yetkin , Zhang, Zhanmin , Centurion, Claudia , & Murphy, Mike (2011) Peer state assessment of TxDOT maintenance program and practices : workshop and road rally findings. Center for Transportation Research, Austin, Texas.

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    Abstract

    In an effort to evaluate and improve their practices to ensure the future excellence of the Texas highway system, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) sought a forum in which experts from other state departments of transportation could share their expertise. Thus, the Peer State Review of TxDOT Maintenance Practices project was organized and conducted for TxDOT by the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the project was to conduct a workshop at CTR and in the Austin District that would educate the visiting peers on TxDOT’s maintenance practices and invite their feedback. CTR and TxDOT arranged the participation of the following directors of maintenance: Steve Takigawa, CA; Roy Rissky, KS; Eric Pitts, GA; Jim Carney, MO; Jennifer Brandenburg, NC; and David Bierschbach, WA. One of the means used to capture the peer reviewers’ opinions was a carefully designed booklet of 15 questions. The peers provided TxDOT with written responses to these questions, and the oral comments made during the workshop were also captured. This information was then compiled and summarized in the following report. An examination of the peers’ comments suggests that TxDOT should use a more holistic, statewide approach to funding and planning rather than funding and planning for each district separately. Additionally, the peers stressed the importance of allocating funds based on the actual conditions of the roadways instead of on inventory. The visiting directors of maintenance also recommended continuing and proliferating programs that enhance communication, such as peer review workshops.

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    ID Code: 46263
    Item Type: Report
    Additional Information: Distribution Statement: No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161; www.ntis.gov.
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    Keywords: Pavement, Roadside, Traffic Operations, Maintenance, Maintenance Peer Review, Peer Review, Road Rally, Maintenance Planning, Maintenance Budget; Maintenance Treatments; Pavement Management Information System, PMIS, TxMAP, TxTAP, TxCAP, Maintenance Pro
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Center for Transportation Research The University of Texas at Austin
    Deposited On: 30 Sep 2011 09:20
    Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 12:32

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