The Highway Data Services (HDS) unit as part of the Program Planning and Administration Division is responsible for supporting quality data collection for delivery to the annual Public Certified Mileage Report and the Highway Performance Measurement System (HPMS). The HPMS submittal to the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) provides the data for analysis of highway system condition, performance, and judging the investment needs identified in Condition and Performance Reports. Condition and Performance Reports are used by Congress to establish both authorization and appropriation legislation. These Congressional activities determine the scope and size of the Federal-aid Highway Program, and levels of Federal highway taxation.
The HDS unit processes additions, amendments, and abandonment requests from WVDOH District offices. HDS updates the roadway inventory records as the District requests are issued as Commissioner Orders. Roadway improvements are updated in the Roadway Inventory Log (RIL) as received, either from District offices or field notes generated by field crews. The Division's roadway history records including maps, scroll records, microfilm of paper documentation, correspondence files and Commissioner's Orders. A local road name list is updated from information provided by District offices, County 911 organizations, and others with authority over determining local road names.
Annual Roadway Statistics (ARS) provide roadway inventory by Functional Class and Surface type. In addition, the pavement data is used by the Maintenance Division for generating maintenance budgets. The ARS includes information regarding the National Highway Functional System (NHFC) and the National Highway System (NHS).
HDS also provides a variety of themed paper maps to the public at a nominal cost.
Additional HDS responsibilities include administration and operation of the WVDOH Real-Time Network of continuously operating reference stations (CORS). This system provides real-time correctors to enable centimeter-level coordinate measurement with GPS receivers. The system consists of 35 CORS, including 14 sites that are dynamic benchmarks in the National Spatial Reference Frame.
It is the goal of the HDS unit to enhance productivity and provide quality data to consumers of WVDOH GIS products.