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Pavement Performance Measurement in Hampton Roads

Pavement Performance Measurement in Hampton Roads

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Hampton Roads metropolitan planning area, has published the Pavement Performance Measurement in Hampton Roads report.  In this report, HRTPO staff presents, analyzes, and summarizes publicly‐available VDOT pavement data for Hampton Roads in order to determine the condition and smoothness of the region’s pavements.

In addition to the value of knowing whether efforts to maintain pavements are being effective, recent events have made this report particularly timely.  First, after the October 2008 financial crisis, the federal government allocated more money to the states for highway construction.  In an attempt to quickly spend that money, many states reportedly applied the money to repaving projects (as opposed to new highway construction which takes longer due to preliminary engineering).  Secondly, during 2011, the number of lane closures per week in Hampton Roads increased greatly.  Lastly, on July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the federal transportation authorization bill MAP-21 which focuses on performance management.

Note: “CCI”: Critical Condition Index; “fair or better”: >= 60 CCI.
Note: “VDOT-Maintained Roadways”: Interstates (in both cities and counties); Primaries and Secondaries in counties.
Data Sources: VDOT SYIP Maintenance reports; VDOT State of the Pavement reports.


As shown in the chart above, pavement conditions in Hampton Roads have improved with increased maintenance and operations funding.