Pavement Management Program Certification

Badly cracked pavement.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provides both technical and financial assistance to cities and counties seeking to improve and maintain their local street or road networks.

In order to be eligible to receive regional discretionary funds for pavement upkeep — and participate in MTC’s technical assistance and funding program — cities and counties are required to have their pavement management programs (PMPs) certified by MTC.

Since all Bay Area cities and counties now use MTC’s StreetSaver® pavement management software, PMP certification usually is simple and quick. 

Certification must be renewed every two years.

Certification Requirements

Whether a city or county uses StreetSaver, or its Pavement Management Program is based on other pavement management software or a pavement analysis program, it must demonstrate that its PMP can:

  • Store inventory data for all roads within the city or county
  • Assess pavement condition based on distress information
  • Identify all pavement segments that need rehab or replacement
  • Calculate budget needs for rehabbing or replacing deficient segments

Certification Checklist

As part of the Pavement Management Program certification process, cities and counties must complete the following:

  • Two-year reviews and updates of all pavement inventory information
  • Inspection of pavement sections every two years for arterial and collector routes, and every five years for residential streets
  • Budget-need calculations for rehab or replacement of deficient pavement segments for the current year and for the next three years


To complete Pavement Management Program certification, cities and counties must submit these documents:

  1. Updated pavement management database (local governments using StreetSaver may skip this step)
  2. Report containing the following budget scenarios:  a) sections selected for treatment over next five years based on annual budget estimates; b) what must be done to maintain jurisdiction's current PCI; and c) what must be done to boost PCI by five points over the next five years
  3. Letter signed by Public Works Director or equivalent department head stating that all of requirements in parts 1 and 2 above have been met. You may use the PMP certification letter template found in Related Documents on the left.

Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP)

P-TAP helps Bay Area cities and counties make cost-effective improvements to streets and roads.