Pavement Performance Management

Pavement Condition Performance Management regulations supports the implementation of the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) and requires State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to establish pavement condition targets for 4 performance measures.

Infrastructure Condition Pavement Condition
  • % of pavement on the Interstate System in Good condition
  • % of pavement on the Interstate System in Poor Condition
  • % of pavement on the non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) in Good condition
  • % of pavements on the non-Interstate NHS in Poor Condition
When do MPOs establish Pavement Condition targets?

When establishing Pavement Condition targets MPOs may support the state’s 4-year targets, or establish their own quantifiable target for the metropolitan planning area.  States must establish 2-and 4-year pavement condition targets for the non-Interstate NHS and 4-year targets for the Interstate by May 20, 2018.  MPOs must establish Pavement Condition targets within 180 days of the State establishing and reporting its Pavement Condition targets; no later than November 16, 2018 and every 4 years thereafter.

How are Pavement Condition targets reported?

States report their Pavement Condition targets to the Federal Highway Administration in their Performance Reports.  The Jackson MPO reports its Pavement Condition targets every 4-years to the MS Department of Transportation (MDOT), and evaluates its progress toward achieving established targets every 5 years in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Pavement Condition target calculations

Regulations require pavement conditions to be assessed based on International Roughness Index (IRI), cracking, rutting (for asphalt pavements) and faulting (for jointed concrete pavements).  The table below shows the thresholds for determining whether pavement segments of 0.1 mile are in good, fair, or poor condition. Regulations have also established a minimum pavement condition for the Interstate System of no more than 5% in Poor condition.  Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) pavement inventory data is used to calculate good/poor conditions.  A segment is considered in good condition if all three criteria are rated as good; it is considered poor if two or more criteria are rated as poor.  All other segments are considered fair.

Measure Good Fair Poor
IRI (inches/mile) <95 95 – 170 >170
Cracking (%) <5 CRCP: 5 – 10

Jointed: 5 – 15

Asphalt: 5 – 20




Rutting (inches) <0.20 0.20 – 0.40 >0.40
Faulting (inches) <0.10 0.10 – 0.15 >0.15
Present Serviceability Rating (0.0-5.0 value)* ≥4.0 2.0 – 4.0 ≤2.0
*PSR is a composite of cracking and rutting and may be used only on routes with a posted speed limit < 40mph
Baseline Data 2012-2016

System performance is currently under review and additional information will be provided in the future.

2018 – 2021 Pavement Condition Targets

System performance is currently under review and additional information will be provided in the future.


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