New York State DOT Transportation Asset Management Plan

New York State’s Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) outlines an investment strategy, framework and process to preserve and manage the multimodal transportation assets in New York State, and identifies climate change as a key risk to the state's highway and bridge assets and New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT's) ability to manage those assets effectively. At a high level, the TAMP also identifies climate-related impacts to the transportation system, and outlines strategies the state can take to mitigate the risk.

The TAMP identifies agency-level risks resulting from more intense storms and sea-level rise that could impact NYSDOT’s assets or the agency’s ability to manage its assets. The document includes an initial “risk register,” a section which defines priority risks, summarizes the impact, defines mitigation strategies, identifies who is responsible for tracking and mitigating the risk, and provides a status of the mitigation strategy (e.g. whether it is ongoing or a future strategy). The risk register identifies climate change as a priority risk, as it will continue to impart a weather pattern with more intense storms and sea-level rise. The transportation impacts resulting from this risk include:

  • More frequent and more severe flooding of facilities;
  • Major repairs or replacement of storm-damaged assets before the end of their expected service lives; and
  • Funding implications and reduced productivity in other core programs (as more funding and resources are used up to replace damaged assets to hardened or higher hydraulic design standards, and to conduct repeated emergency response and recovery efforts).

To mitigate these impacts, the TAMP risk register identifies mitigation strategies, some of which are already ongoing, that can be tracked and implemented by different NYSDOT divisional offices or other state entities:

  • Separate the costs for restoration and hardening from the core program;
  • Maintain emergency response plans;
  • Complete a statewide flood vulnerability assessment GIS layer; and
  • Develop an infrastructure hardening plan with prioritized locations.

The initial risk register provides only agency-level risks; however, NYSDOT will include program-level risks as the risk register is updated, which will occur more frequently than TAMP updates. NYSDOT will also address project level risks separately from the TAMP.  

The document also lists major short-term asset management improvement initiatives currently being advanced by NYSDOT, one of which is developing standard measures and objective means of integrating resiliency into asset management investment strategies. NYSDOT anticipates that this will be completed within two years and will result in the ability to balance costs and needs related to more resilient infrastructure against other costs and performance benefits.

 

This Adaptation Clearinghouse entry was prepared with support from the Federal Highway Administration. This entry was last updated on January 28, 2016.

 

Publication Date: May 2014

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  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

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