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Asset Management


MnDOT Transportation Asset Management Plan


Asset Management is a systematic process of maintaining, upgrading and operating physical assets cost-effectively throughout their life-cycle.
Bridge inspectors inspecting a bridge

In accordance with the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (“MAP-21” federal transportation authorization), MnDOT developed its first ever Transportation Asset Management Plan. MAP-21 required states to develop a risk-based asset management plan for the National Highway System to improve or preserve the condition of assets and the performance of the system.
Although MAP-21legislation focused on the development of a TAMP for bridges and pavements on the National Highway System (it did encourage states to include other infrastructure assets within the right-of-way corridor), MnDOT elected to expand the TAMP beyond these requirements to also include pavements and bridges on the entire state highway system - as well as highway culverts, deep stormwater tunnels, overhead sign structures and high-mast light tower structures.

MnDOT worked closely with the Federal Highway Administration, the FHWA Minnesota Division, and regional partners (e.g. Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Development Commissions) to create this plan. As a national pilot project, MnDOT’s TAMP, along with those produced by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and New York State Department of Transportation, serves as an example and guide for other states as they develop TAMPs of their own.

It further serves as an accountability and communication tool to inform established capital and operations planning efforts (i.e. State Highway Investment Plan, Highway Systems Operation Plan).