To ensure that it performs field maintenance work consistently on highways with similar needs, the maintenance division should establish zone-specific service score goals for all of the field maintenance activities it deems critical to ensuring a safe and usable state highway system and require districts to meet those goals for all the zones within their borders.
Caltrans developed and implemented the MAPP on July 1, 2017, and has signed MAPPs with all 12 districts for FY 2017-18. The MAPPs ensure that districts are using funds commensurate with demonstrated needs. Further, as noted previously, Caltrans Maintenance Policy Directive 17-01 requires maintenance supervisors to complete an annual work plan to achieve the established LOS goals for the ten highest-priority field maintenance activities. The Directive also requires region managers to ensure work plan consistency and timely work completion. The statewide BAT training was conducted in all 12 districts between March and July 2017 and it also included training on the Policy Directive 17-01.
We reviewed the BAT which includes zone-level service score goals as does the MAPP. The Maintenance policy directive also requires maintenance supervisors to develop an annual work plan, which presents performance on a quarterly basis, which should allow for monitoring of progress toward improving service scores. The policy directive was incorporated into the maintenance manual.
Caltrans continues to make progress in implementing the Maintenance Activity Performance Plan (MAPP) to ensure districts are using funds commensurate with demonstrated need. The MAPP is being fully implemented for all 12 Districts addressing the 10 highest priority field maintenance activities beginning July 1, 2017.
Caltrans has implemented Maintenance Policy Directive 17-01, to require maintenance supervisors to complete the annual work plan to achieve the established LOS goals for the ten highest priority field maintenance activities. The Directive also requires region managers to ensure work plan consistency and timely work completion. The statewide BAT training will include training of this Directive beginning March 1, 2017. Please see Attachment 2 for a copy of the Directive.
Once completed, we will review the Maintenance Activity Performance Plan to assess whether it addresses our recommendation.
As discussed in the status update to Recommendation 1, Caltrans is moving along with its short-term and long-term solutions. As part of the short-term solution, Caltrans developed the Maintenance Activity Performance Plan (MAPP) with clear expectations and accountability requirements for the district offices. The MAPP will further ensure districts are using funds commensurate with demonstrated need. The MAPP is in place for Districts 7 and 8 to address guardrail and litter activities.
Caltrans continues to make progress in developing the Maintenance Policy Directive mentioned in the 60-day status update. The Directive will be disseminated to all district offices by December 2016.
As discussed in the update to Recommendation No. 1, Caltrans has short-term and long-term solutions to develop and implement an allocation tool that will incorporate the items mentioned in the recommendation. Caltrans is also developing a method to ensure districts are using funds commensurate with the indicators in the tool. The assessment of whether districts are using funds in a manner commensurate with indicators of need will occur upon implementation of the new budget and allocation tool, the short-term version of which will be implemented by June 2017.
In addition, Caltrans is developing a Maintenance Policy Directive (Directive) to require maintenance supervisors to develop an annual work plan to achieve the established Level of Service (LOS) goals. The Directive will also require region managers to ensure work plan consistency and timely work completion. The Directive will be effective by December 2016.
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