PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Maintenance management standard of good practice.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 36.78.121.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To communicate to counties the details of the new standard of good practice for maintenance management. The standard will provide counties with guidance for implementation of maintenance management practices. The rule will help accomplish the intent of RCW 36.78.121.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The proposed rule is for Washington state counties only.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and comments received will be presented to the CRABoard at their January 20, 2005, quarterly meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments to Karen Pendleton, 2404 Chandler Court S.W., Suite 240, Olympia, WA 98504-0913, firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 586-0386.
November 22, 2004
Walt Olsen, P.E.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-01-021, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99)
WAC 136-11-010 Purpose and authority. The laws of the state of Washington ((
specify)) provide in RCW 36.80.030 that
the county engineer shall have supervision, under the
direction of the county legislative authority, of maintaining
all county roads of the county. The purpose of maintenance
management is to recognize that the majority of road
maintenance activities can be planned, scheduled and
accomplished in a predetermined manner which will result in
improved economics of operation, public safety and welfare,
and preservation of investment of county roads(( : Provided,
however, That maintenance management shall not be mandatory
and shall not be considered in the issuance of certificates of
good practice)). RCW 36.78.121 directs the county road
administration board, or its successor entity, to establish a
standard of good practice for maintenance of transportation
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. 99-01-021, § 136-11-010, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. 96-17-013, § 136-11-010, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. 80-02-105 (Order 37), § 136-11-010, filed 1/24/80.]
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. 99-01-021, § 136-11-020, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. 96-17-013, § 136-11-020, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. 80-02-105 (Order 37), § 136-11-020, filed 1/24/80.]
(1) To provide, annually, opportunities for key personnel to receive initial training or refresher training in the principles of maintenance management.
(2) To develop countywide maintenance standards or levels of service for each major maintenance activity.
(3) To develop standards of performance for individuals and work crews setting forth both the quality and quantity of results anticipated.
(4) To prepare an annual maintenance program for adoption coincident with the annual budget and construction program which is to identify resource requirements in terms of staff resources, equipment and materials, and the costs of each.
(5) To schedule, on an annual basis, major maintenance activities based on available budgeted maintenance funds so as to achieve an optimum balance of resources in the available time.
(6) To develop, and annually update, a long range equipment replacement program encompassing all major road department equipment so as to meet the equipment demands of the maintenance program.
(7) To establish an information reporting system capable of compiling data needed to allow comparison of actual performance with established performance standards and budgetary constraints.
(8) To discuss, at least biennially, with appropriate supervisory personnel the data regarding utilization of staff resources, equipment and materials so as to assure the lowest attainable unit cost for each maintenance activity.
(9) To provide adequate information to all maintenance personnel regarding goals and objectives of the county's maintenance management program.
(10) To explore and evaluate new techniques, products, equipment and ideas which show promise of significantly improving performance or decreasing cost in any segment of the maintenance management effort.)) (1) To preserve the investment made in roads, bridges, and roadway appurtenances.
(2) To provide safety, comfort, and convenience for motorists - consistently and uniformly throughout the county road system.
(3) To create stronger accountability to ensure that cost-effective maintenance and preservation is provided for transportation facilities.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.79 RCW. 99-01-021, § 136-11-030, filed 12/7/98, effective 1/7/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.78.070 and 36.79.060. 96-17-013, § 136-11-030, filed 8/12/96, effective 9/12/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 36.78 RCW. 80-02-105 (Order 37), § 136-11-030, filed 1/24/80.]
(2) Maintenance management is based upon work activities. Work activity guidelines shall be defined, by each county, for the significant activities representing the maintenance work to be performed. Definitions shall include an activity code, title, description, work unit and inventory unit.
(3) An annual work program and budget shall be prepared. The activity-based work program and budget shall summarize the kinds and amounts of work planned and the costs of the planned work.
(4) The resources needed to accomplish the annual work program shall be documented.
(5) Work scheduling procedures shall be documented.
(6) Work accomplishment and expenditure shall be monitored.