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Asset Management for Municipal Public Works

Ask the Expert: City of Raleigh, NC

How a local government modernized its strategy—and keeps innovating.

In this Ask the Expert video, Chris McGee, PE, former Assistant Transportation Director at the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, explains how a preservation-based approach to asset management saves millions of dollars a year on maintenance costs while increasing the lifespan of local infrastructure assets. And this city’s innovation journey is only beginning.

Success stories from   City of Raleigh | Kercher | Ask the Expert

Some of the Questions Asked

Raleigh’s Early Asset Management Challenges

  • What main problems was the City trying to solve?
  • Why was it important for Raleigh to modernize its practices?

Educating Local Leaders

  • How did you educate city leaders on the need to invest in an asset management system?
  • What data did you bring to the City Council to justify your proposed innovations?

Asset Management System Implementation

  • What was the implementation process and strategy?
  • What goals did you set for the new asset management system?
  • What challenges did you face during the implementation process?

Pavement, Bridge, and Sidewalk Management

  • What is your pavement management strategy & key metrics?
  • What is your bridge management strategy?
  • What is your sidewalk and ramp management strategy?
  • What benefits have you seen from your asset management system?


  • What advice would you give to other local governments?

Chris McGee Headshot"A 3-point decline in the condition of Raleigh’s pavement network represents about a $25M loss. If we can reduce the decline from 2.5 points a year to 1.5 points a year, that one point represents about $8M-$9M in cost savings. Using advanced analytics, Raleigh is able to make better decisions for how to spend the available funds."

Chris McGee, PE
Former Assistant Transportation Director, City of Raleigh

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