Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP)

MTC’s Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP) helps the Bay Area’s cities and counties make cost-effective improvements to streets and roads.

Karl Nielsen

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to funding local streets and roads.

MTC’s Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP) uses federal dollars to help Bay Area cities and counties stretch their road budgets by:

  • Implementing, updating and maintaining pavement management databases
  • Providing accurate pavement condition data to city councils, county supervisors or other local decision makers
  • Supporting the region’s management of non-pavement street and road assets, such as signs, storm drains, curbs and gutters, traffic signals and street lights as pilot projects

MTC has dedicated about $1.5 million of federal money annually for P-TAP grants through the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

We issue a call for projects every fall. All Bay Area cities and counties within the region in charge of maintaining streets and roads are eligible to apply for P-TAP funds.

43,500 Miles of Pavement

The local streets and roads owned and maintained by the Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 cities include nearly 43,500 lane-miles of pavement.

Add curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm drains, traffic signs, signals and lights — which are all needed to keep our roadways functioning.

To replace this network would cost something on the order of $40 billion or more.

What’s a Heavy Load?

Heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses put far more stress on pavement than a passenger car does.

A bus exerts more than 7,000 times the stress of a typical sports utility vehicle, while garbage trucks exerts more than 9,000 times as much stress.

Not surprisingly, cracks appear more quickly on streets with large traffic volumes and/or heavy use by trucks and buses.