The development of a conceptual framework for a district 4-Year Pavement Management Plan, implementation of network-level project screening process

Hwang, Jaewon, Arellano, Mike, Murphy, Mike, Zhang, Zhanmin, Chi, Seokho, & Nam, Boohyun (2012) The development of a conceptual framework for a district 4-Year Pavement Management Plan, implementation of network-level project screening process. In The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 91st Annual Meeting, 22-26 Jan 2012, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is concerned about the widening gap between preservation needs and available funding. Funding levels are not adequate to meet the preservation needs of the roadway network; therefore projects listed in the 4-Year Pavement Management Plan must be ranked to determine which projects should be funded now and which can be postponed until a later year. Currently, each district uses locally developed methods to prioritize projects. These ranking methods have relied on less formal qualitative assessments based on engineers’ subjective judgment. It is important for TxDOT to have a 4-Year Pavement Management Plan that uses a transparent, rational project ranking process. The objective of this study is to develop a conceptual framework that describes the development of the 4-Year Pavement Management Plan. It can be largely divided into three Steps;

1) Network-Level project screening process, 2) Project-Level project ranking process, and 3) Economic Analysis.

A rational pavement management procedure and a project ranking method accepted by districts and the TxDOT administration will maximize efficiency in budget allocations and will potentially help improve pavement condition. As a part of the implementation of the 4-Year Pavement Management Plan, the Network-Level Project Screening (NLPS) tool including the candidate project identification algorithm and the preliminary project ranking matrix was developed. The NLPS has been used by the Austin District Pavement Engineer (DPE) to evaluate PMIS (Pavement Management Information System) data and to prepare a preliminary list of candidate projects for further evaluation.

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ID Code: 48460
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: pavement management, TxDOT
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Pplease consult the authors
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2012 22:27
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 06:11

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