DETERMINATION OF APPROPRIATE FUNDING FOR MAINTENANCE

Recent national studies of Department of Transportation (DOT) maintenance funding indicate that Louisiana funding levels have not kept pace with the national average, and the level of road servicing has declined as a result. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) has received criticism from the Legislature and state auditor regarding the low levels of funding for preventive maintenance and the need to increase these activities in the near future. This work focuses on 1) the evaluation of the current computerized maintenance management information system (CMMS) and recommendations for improvement, 2) the development of a long-term capital outlay budget planning structure for achieving a fully funded maintenance program, and 3) the evaluation of the current state of the maintenance program in the LA DOTD relative to programs in similar states. It was found that the current CMMS has significant deficiencies in terms of supporting critical maintenance management processes, data quality, and integration. The system is providing little more than accounting support at present. The maintenance budget planning process was also found to be defunct. Recommendations for improvement are detailed within this report. Analysis of current maintenance funding indicated that maintenance in Louisiana is seriously under funded. Our analysis indicates that routine maintenance activities (such as pothole filling and mowing) should be funded at levels of $30-40 million over current levels (exclusive of overhead). Based on the LA DOTD's historical maintenance data, major maintenance activities (e.g., overlays) should be funded at an ongoing level of $200 million annually.

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    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

    Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803

    Louisiana Transportation Research Center

    Louisiana State University, 4101 Gourrier Avenue
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808
  • Authors:
    • Mann Jr, L
    • Knapp, G
    • Avent, R
    • Metcalf, J
  • Publication Date: 1997-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00778824
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 302,, Final Report
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1999 12:00AM