Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

One of the key functions of the Midland Area Transportation Study is assisting with the Asset Management of our transportation system.  This involves an annual exercise in which MATS staff, along with MDOT and the local road agency, rate every mile of Federal Aid eligible roadway in our planning area.  

As defined by the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, Planning Subcommittee on Asset Management,

Transportation Asset Management is a strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, upgrading, and expanding physical assets effectively throughout their lifecycle. It focuses on business and engineering practices for resource allocation and utilization, with the objective of better decision making based upon quality information and well-defined objectives.2

2.  This definition was developed by the AASHTO Subcommittee on Asset Management in January 2006.


The Core Principles of Asset Management

• Policy-driven-Resource allocation decisions are based on a well-defined set of policy goals and objectives.

• Performance-based-Policy objectives are translated into system performance measures that are used for both day-to-day and strategic management.

• Analysis of Options and Tradeoffs-Decisions on how to allocate funds within and across different types of investments (e.g., preventive maintenance versus rehabilitation, pavements versus bridges) are based on an analysis of how different allocations will impact achievement of relevant policy objectives.

• Decisions Based on Quality Information-The merits of different options with respect to an agency's policy goals are evaluated using credible and current data.

• Monitoring Provides Clear Accountability and Feedback-Performance results are monitored and reported for both impacts and effectiveness.

Adapted from NCHRP Report 551, Performance Measures and Targets for Transportation Asset Management, Vol. I, Research Report, 2006, p. ii.


This process is conducted through the pavement evaluation program, known as PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating), that is utilized to assess the condition of Michigan’s federal-aid eligible roads.

PASER is a visual assessment tool to assess the surface distress that pavement develops over time; distress is rated on a scale from 1 to 10. MATS staff, in partnership with MDOT and local implementing agencies, is responsible for reporting the condition of 50% of the federal-aid network annually. However since MATS was designated, 100% of the federal-aid network has been rated every year as well as portions of the local road network. MATS gathers more data than required because it is valuable in supporting management practices which may reduce the life-cycle cost of roadways by potentially mitigating more intrusive/costly improvements.

Once road evaluation data is collected, ratings are arranged into subgroups of Good (8-10), Fair (5-7) and Poor (1-4) as determined by the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC). Categorizing the data in this way assists in deciding which level of improvement the road segment may require reconstruction for poor pavement, preventive maintenance for fair pavement and routine maintenance for good pavement.


2015 PASER Pavement Condition Ratings

2016 PASER Pavement Condition Ratings