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Asset Management and Planning

Practical Solutions starts with a robust asset management program. By maintaining and preserving what has already been built in a state of good repair, we can avoid reconstruction.

Setting performance targets:

WSDOT sets performance targets as part of the development of Washington's Transportation Plan (WTP).
System level performance targets can include:

  • Community development (sense of place, safety and public health)
  • Economic (economic revitalization and development)
  • Environmental sustainability (air quality, open space and greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Equity (affordable housing and mixed-income communities)
  • Land use and growth management (compact, mixed-use development)
  • Transportation (walkability, accessibility and transportation choices)

Collaboration is key:
A key step early in the planning process is to set vision and goals that reflect a community’s values. It is the first opportunity for public stakeholders to provide their input. In order to facilitate collaboration, a review and reflection of local and regional planning goals are also considered. At the system wide level, a broad range of transportation, community, and environmental goals are studied.

At a corridor level, the key decision is determined by the goals approved in the system planning process but are tailored to reflect unique characteristics of the corridor under study. This in turn informs the purpose and need for projects in environmental review.

Identifying transportation deficiencies and needs:
Selected performance targets identify transportation deficiencies or needs and gauge success at achieving the desired outcomes. At the system level, the identified deficiencies or needs is a list of specific corridors, facilities, and areas that are deficient and need improvement.

Sustainable Safety Lifecycle

             Sustainable Safety Lifecycle

Identifying strategies and alternatives with stakeholder engagement:
This is a key step in the planning process in which stakeholders engage in evaluating the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of the strategies and alternatives identified in the prior step. It involves identifying strategies or alternatives that provide the best value for money to support investment decisions.

Factors (direct and indirect costs) considered in evaluating alternatives may include:

  • Costs and benefits of any policy changes that are part of the strategy or alternative
  • Costs of potential environmental damage
  • Costs of collisions and traffic generated or reduced
  • Time and cost barriers and consequences for all modes and user groups
  • Population groups who bear the costs and who accrue the benefits
  • Energy efficiency and air emissions
  • Distinctions between long, medium and short-term impacts
  • Community characteristics (context sensitive)

Additional Resources

Transportation Asset Managment
This video defines transportation asset management, explains why 'worst first' strategies are not best for long term asset management, and describes how long-term maintenance costs need to be factored in to effective asset management.