Technical Reports

Public Benefits of Highway System Preservation and Maintenance

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 2004
AUTHOR: Andrew V. Bailey, II, Rick Drumm, Andrew S. Griffith, Dennis E. Lebo, Frank N. Lisle, Wayne McDaniel, Dave Schulz, Dean M. Testa, Jim Sorenson
SUBJECT: Tracks & Structures
KEYWORDS: Maintenance, Highway System Preservation
ABSTRACT: Maintenance is work done to keep facilities and equipment in a state of repair or working efficiently. Many professionals responsible for highway management assert that this labor is regularly required to preserve facilities, even when they appear to be in good condition, and that its neglect can accelerate wear and aging, early onset of excessively rough pavements, corrosion on bridges, and other symptoms of unsatisfactory system performance. This report, prepared under the auspices of the NCHRP, is a synthesis of current practices for measuring and articulating the benefits of highway system preservation and maintenance, and of communicating those benefits in terms that are understandable and meaningful to stakeholders—road users, elected officials, and others who have an interest in the system’s performance. The study focuses particularly on pavements and bridges. The report is based on a study that included a review of published literature on maintenance benefits measurement and communication, a formal survey of U.S. state highway agencies, and informal interviews and discussions with a range of individuals engaged in highway system management. The formal survey was sent to agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 19 agencies responding.