Meaningful Use of Collected Local Roads Data and Information

Available Documents
Quarterly Report December 2005
Quarterly Report March 2006
Quarterly Report June 2006
Quarterly Report September 2006
Quarterly Report December 2006
Quarterly Report March 2007
Quarterly Report June 2007
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Final Report

Primary Investigator
Terance McNinch
Michigan’s Local Technical Assistance Program
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
tlmcninc[at]mtu.edu

Project Objective
The objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the current use of
management systems by local road agencies. Achieving this understanding includes
validating the deterioration and strategy evaluation models used in RoadSoft GIS and
evaluating analysis use and needs in PASERWARE and WISLR.

Project Abstract
39,000 local road agencies are challenged with implementation of road management
systems. Local agencies in WI and MI have overcome some of the organizational and
financial hurdles that prohibit implementation. This project will assess the current state
of data collection and analysis, identify data gaps and recommend additional analysis
at the region-wide and statewide level. Existing training materials will be evaluated and
recommendations made for needed materials. The models currently used for pavement
deterioration and strategy analysis in RoadSoft will be validated and if need be recommendations made for improvements. User implementation of PASERWARE and
WISLR will be evaluation to determine its impact on the decision making process and
additional analysis tool needs.

Task Descriptions

  1. A state of the practice summary on local road management will be prepared.
  2. Local road agencies will be surveyed on data collection and analysis practices.
  3. Suggestions will be made for region-wide and statewide analysis and the issues related to such use.
  4. Data gaps that hamper implementation will be identified.
  5. A summary of existing training materials and training needs will be prepared.
  6. Validation of RoadSoft Models.
  7. Evaluation of PASERWARE use.

Relationship to Other Research Projects
Michigan—RoadSoft GIS, Integrated roadway management system for counties, cities and villages in Michigan. Under continued development since 1992. Funded by the Michigan
Department of Transportation. Wisconsin—PASERWARE & WISLR, Local agency road management system for counties and towns in Wisconsin. Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Technology Transfer Activities
Specific task regarding evaluation of current training materials and recommendation of
training needs. Additionally, initial work will involve the LTAP Centers in MI, WI, MN, IL, IN, and OH.

Potential Benefits of the Project
The 39,000 local agencies nationwide are in serious need of management systems they
can understand and that are organizationally feasible to implement. This project will
document current best practices, gaps in data collection, strategic use of analysis, and validation of models for use in local roads management,

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Project Start Date: June 2005. Project End Date: September 30, 2006; Extended to: December 31, 2007
  • Budget: $171,000, Matching Funds & %: ***
  • Student Involvement:1 Graduate Student
  • TRB Keywords: Asset Management, Operations
  • Primary Subject: Local agency data analysis
  • Modal Orientation: ***