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On January 13, 1989, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published its Pavement Policy. One of the most important parts of that policy is a mandate that every State develop and implement a Pavement Management System (PMS) within 4 years after that publishing date. All States have been attempting to meet that deadline and FHWA has been monitoring their progress. To provide guidance on the Policy, FHWA followed with an FHPM (6-2-4-1) in which the major elements that need to be included for a system to be judged acceptable were explained. The figures chosen depict the progress being made by number of States in each of the major elements of a PMS. The comments on each give one a feel for what FHWA thinks is needed in a PMS to meet minimum criteria for acceptability.
pavement policy, policy mandate, PMS in operation, 4-year deadline, inventory, condition survey, reference system
Chief of the Pavement Division, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.,