A Comprehensive Review of Approaches Used by Ontario Municipalities to Develop Road Asset Management Plans

Municipal asset management gained momentum in Canada over the past two decades. Ontario provincial government has tied provincial funding to development of asset management plans. Accordingly, all municipalities are required to develop a detailed asset management plan to facilitate access to provincial funding. Nonetheless, asset management knowledge is nascent in Ontario. Considerable variances are discernible in asset management plans in the wake of various aptitudes of municipalities as well as lack of a standardized template. Hence, analyzing these plans could be highly rewarding and the results could be used for identifying needs of municipalities and exposing gaps in provincial support programs. In this paper a comprehensive study is conducted on current infrastructure asset management plans in Ontario with emphasis on the road sector. A sample of 24 municipalities was selected for this study. Careful consideration was given to choosing rural and urban municipalities with different sizes, from different areas of the province and with different experiences in asset management. Moreover, some interviews were conducted to elicit a deeper understanding of the tools and methods used by the municipalities. The aim of this study is discerning the defects in the status quo of the asset management plans and setting future targets. For this purpose the plans were analyzed and rated from different perspectives (e.g. structure, data collection methods, deterioration modeling and cost estimation). The differences and similarities among the employed decision-support tools were highlighted. Finally, a number of recommendations are made to enhance the different components of the asset management plans.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ABC40 Standing Committee on Transportation Asset Management.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Authors:
    • El-Diraby, Tamer E
    • Kinawy, Sherif
    • Piryonesi, S Madeh
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2017


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 96th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01622798
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 17-00281
  • Files: PRP, TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 20 2017 9:06AM