Improving and Maintaining Federal-Aid Roads:

Department of Transportation Action Needed

CED-77-31: Published: Feb 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1977.

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A review was performed of Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) activities in ensuring maintenance of federal-aid highways. Highway surfaces have been deteriorating faster than anticipated, and state highway revenues have not kept pace with needs for maintenance.

Although FHwA is responsible for ensuring proper maintenance, it has not prescribed standards nor withheld funds from states for improper maintenance. FHwA has not promoted uniform procedures for field engineers to use when appraising state maintenance.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should: (1) encourage states to give high priority to resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation projects; and (2) require the Administrator, FHwA, to prescribe standards for highway maintenance, include criteria in inspection manuals for appraising state maintenance activities, and provide guidance for annual comparisons of state efforts.

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