Consolidations enhance flexibility

MAP-21 intended to lessen the drudgery of the review process. It has, by all accounts. Performance-based programs were streamlined through consolidations and the review process has been shortened on certain types of projects.

Utilizing an outcome-driven approach to track performance, states and MPOs are charged with better managing their assets. Included are reforms to the process itself, as well as options for states and project sponsors to reduce delays.

“The fewer number of programs, the better,” says Davis. “Consolidation allows states to do risk-based management of the program.”

For example, MAP-21 eliminated funding specifically for bridge inspections but still requires them. The Washington State DOT is using National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) and Surface Transportation (STP) allocations to fund an existing $70-million to $90-million Local Bridge Program to which cities and counties, which own roughly half the state’s bridges, can apply to rehabilitate or replace structurally deficient bridges.

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