NOACA's Provisional Transportation Asset Management Policy (approved April 11, 2014)
Roadway infrastructure is the backbone of America’s transportation system, and maintaining it in a state of good repair is essential for all modes of transportation. Roads and bridges accommodate not only passenger and freight vehicles, they also accommodate buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. The transportation network supports the economy and directly affects the competitiveness of the nation and our region.
Over the years, the United States has built one of the world’s most extensive transportation systems, representing trillions of dollars of public investment. A well executed asset management plan is necessary to successfully manage the assets this investment represents.
Historically, asset management has been a critical, but underrepresented and underfunded element of the transportation planning process. Asset management is based on a simple, but powerful premise that agencies should consider the full life-cycle cost of their funding decisions and manage their assets accordingly. In July 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) codified asset management principles into law.
NOACA recognizes that it is critical to maintain our region’s highway infrastructure in a state of good repair beyond complying with MAP-21, and established a Transportation Asset Management Program (TAMP) in the agency's Overall Work Program.
This program will yield a new asset management policy and a plan that incorporates asset management into the long range planning process and defines an investment strategy built on a performance-based approach for allocating transportation funds. This effort will need to be multi-jurisdictional and include cross-agency collaboration to be successful.
The NOACA region has:
||3,000 miles of roadway
| $4.2 billion
Five agencies - 2.1 million population
| $848 million
NOACA prepared pavement condition and scenario reports for 90 communities in its five-county area. The reports contain pavement condition ratings for the federal-aid roadways not maintained by ODOT, where NOACA typically programs its Surface Transportation Program funding. The reports summarize pavement conditions as well as provide a cost estimate for bringing the roads into a state of good repair.
Bicycling is also becoming increasingly popular in the NOACA region and many local communities are making bike facilities a part of their infrastructure investment plans. The number of bike lanes and paths in the NOACA region has increased more than 175 percent since 1997, and the agency plans to explore the development of a complete streets policy this year. In addition, more and more people are making walking a part of their commute to work.