Florida maintenance rating program (MRP) assessment and enhancement : final report, May 28, 2008.

Florida maintenance rating program (MRP) assessment and enhancement : final report, May 28, 2008.

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    NTL-HIGHWAY/ROAD TRANSPORTATION-Construction and Maintenance ; NTL-HIGHWAY/ROAD TRANSPORTATION-Pavement Management and Performance ;
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    The Maintenance Rating Program (MRP), developed in 1985 by FDOT, is a statewide maintenance system aimed at evaluating the State highway maintenance conditions, and determining FDOT asset maintenance needs. In the quest for continuous improvement and in response to concerns of previous studies, this study evaluates the use of MRP as a measure for Florida highways and roads maintenance needs. The study develops, and documents a method used for assigning weights to the maintenance elements and characteristics. The study examines the statistical and the computational aspects currently used in MRP. The findings of this study include: (1) the system is based on relatively old technology (mainframe computer), hence it is rigid in its abilities to be used by the State as well as the FDOT districts; (2) the system is limited in its ability to accommodate new road elements, features/ characteristics, modifications to the weights, or changes in the rating computational procedure (True/ false versus rating); and (3) the sampling methodology used in the system does not guarantee proper representation of the evaluated road. The study concluded that the current MRP sampling mechanism and weights do not adequately address the evaluation of Florida roads and highways. Recommended remedial actions are: (1) develop a new version of Florida MRP system that will adequately address the office of maintenance needs and alleviate current MRP system shortfalls; (2) conduct a study aimed at identifying new road maintenance elements that have become standard features since the initiation of MRP system in 1985; and (3) initiate a number of studies aimed at linking the MRP system rating to the allocation of maintenance budget and resources, streamlining the evaluation procedures of road maintenance and verification of contractors’ performance, and investigating the use of new technologies in data collection and inspection processes.
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