Laws, Regulations, and Guidance

This page contains resources and references related to transportation laws, regulations, and guidance. This page is currently under development. The information presented here will be updated in the coming weeks.

Laws and Regulations

On October 24, 2016 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published its final rule on transportation asset management plans titled “Asset Management Plans and Periodic Evaluations of Facilities Repeatedly Requiring Repair and Reconstruction Due to Emergency Events,” available here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-24/pdf/2016-25117.pdf.

The rule addresses three provisions of the transportation reauthorization legislation Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21):

  • Development of asset management plans by State DOTs, as required under MAP-21 section 1106(b);
  • Setting minimum standards for a State DOT to use in developing and operating bridge and pavement management systems as required under MAP-21 section 1203; and
  • Establishing an approach for determining if there are reasonable alternatives to roads, highways, and bridges requiring repair or reconstruction due to emergency events, as required under MAP-21 section 1315(b).

The text of the law is available here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-112publ141/pdf/PLAW-112publ141.pdf.

The final version of the rule addresses various issues identified in the comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) dated February 20, 2015 and available here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-20/pdf/2015-03167.pdf.

US DOT Guidance

FHWA Guidance: Initial State Performance Report, published 8/31/16, available here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/guidance/160831.cfm

Additional Resources

FHWA Asset Management Q&A, available here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/MAP21/qandas/qaassetmgmt.cfm.

FHWA Asset Management Fact Sheet, available here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/asset/pubs/hif17006.pdf

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AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Plan Builder, available here: http://www.tamptemplate.org

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