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Bridge Maintenance Manual - 2014.
This manual provides information about tasks that may be performed by park maintenance staff or that may be managed and overseen by maintenance staff if the work is performed by private contractors. This manual first provides an overview of bridge preventive maintenance and then focuses on individual activities and identifies procedures, equipment needed, crew size and crew skills, traffic control, and safety notes.

Roadway Maintenance Manual - 2014.
This Roadway Maintenance Manual was developed to document and describe routine procedures recommended as best practices for maintenance of the National Park Service roadways. This troubleshooting guide is intended to be a quick reference to help maintenance professionals understand common problems on park roads.

Project Development & Design Manual (PDDM) - November 2010 (Draft). Federal Lands Highway staff.
Approximately one-third of the total land area of the United States is owned or controlled by the Federal Government. One of the world's largest highway networks has been constructed to serve these Federal lands. Several Federal agencies are responsible for managing public lands and consequently are also responsible for managing a part of this vast network of Federal roads. The role of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Lands Highway in designing and constructing highway facilities on Federal lands is well defined in existing legislation and supplemental national interagency agreements. The Project Development & Design Manual has been developed to provide information and guidance to internal Federal Lands Highways employees, partner and stakeholder agencies and consultants involved with project development and design of highways. It is a key reference tool that is useful to both the veteran manager and the entry-level designer.

Park Roads and Parkways Program Handbook - January 2008.
This handbook, which represents a multi-discipline effort by professionals from the headquarters and field staff of the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), provides an excellent working representation of the Park Roads and Parkways Program business practices. The manual compiles all the important policies, procedures and key milestone events at both the project and program levels.  (PDF | 2.45Mb)

Management Policies 2000: The Guide to Managing the National Park System - 2000.
This volume is the basic policy document of the National Park Service (NPS) for managing the national park system. Adherence by NPS employees to policy is mandatory unless specifically waived or modified by the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, or the Director.

National Park Service Transportation Planning Guidebook - September 1999.
This publication covers a host of transportation planning topics, including the general and strategic management plans for park units, navigating through the federal transportation planning process, the art of building partnerships, and much more. (PDF | 3.3 Mb)

Park Road Standards1968 and 1984.
There are two versions of the Park Road Standards available for your reference. In 1967, Director George B. Hartzog, Jr. assembled a group of notable individuals to help provide the answers to these basic questions: What is a park road? When, where, how and why do we build a park road? And under what circumstances do we consider adoption of other means of transportation? The 1968 Park Road Standards set out the basic philosophy of park roads and was a foundation to the current Park Road Standards. In 1984, a Task Force updated and expanded the 1984 Park Road Standards and these standards are still in effect.