Under MAP-21, the FHWA, in consultation with states and other stakeholders, will establish performance measures for pavement conditions and performance for the Interstate and National Highway Systems (NHS), bridge conditions, injuries and fatalities, traffic congestion, on-road mobile source emissions and freight movement. States will set performance targets in support of those measures, and state and metropolitan plans will describe how program and project selection will help achieve the targets.

States will report to FHWA on progress in achieving targets. If a state’s report shows inadequate progress in some areas, the state must undertake corrective actions. In addition, due to the critical focus on infrastructure condition, MAP-21 requires that each state maintain minimum standards for interstate pavement and bridge condition. If it falls below either standard, it must spend a specified portion of its funds for that purpose until the minimum standard is exceeded.

One of the challenges of this bill will be to further communicate the LCCA benefits that composites offer large infrastructure projects. Currently there is not one standard approach that all DOTs use. Before the inclusion of the LCCA provision, highway project managers were

ACMA’s TSC and FRP-RMC member companies are expected to participate in FHWA activities to develop standards, measures and goals for asset management and lifecycle analysis, and to continue promotion of composites as a solution for highway sustainability.

The MAP-21 Establishes Performance Basis:

• States are required to develop a risk- and performance-based asset management plan for the National Highway System (NHS) to improve or preserve asset condition and system performance. Plan development processes must be reviewed and recertified at least every four years. The penalty for failure to implement this requirement is a reduced Federal share for NHPP projects in that year from 80 percent to 60 percent.

• FHWA will establish performance measures for Interstate and NHS pavements, NHS bridge conditions and Interstate and NHS system performance. States will establish targets for these measures which will be periodically updated.

• MAP-21 also requires minimum standards for conditions of Interstate pavements and NHS bridges by requiring a state to devote resources to improve the conditions until the established minimum is exceeded. FHWA will establish the minimum standard for Interstate pavement conditions, which may vary by geographic region. If Interstate conditions in a state fall below the minimum set by FHWA, the state must devote resources (a specified portion of NHPP and STP funds) to improve those conditions. MAP-21 also establishes the minimum standard for NHS bridge conditions – if more than 10 percent of the total deck area of NHS bridges in a state is on structurally deficient bridges, the state must devote a portion of NHPP funds to improve conditions.