HOW TO COPE WITH AND COMBAT MATERIAL SHORTAGES

The severe winter of 1972-1973, the current energy and material shortage, and the inflation sprial, has led to a review of work by District Engineers and Division Heads, and a direction of effort towards reducing energy requirements, changing of design to reduce the time periods for contracting units, changing design to use available materials to the best advantage, and the changing of items within present contracts. Plans have been made to monitor overall fuel, cost escalation and materials shortage problems of highway construction, and alter procedures as situations warrant. Care was exercised in project selection. Contract awarding procedure was altered. Awarding two contracts (one for grading and structures and a later one for base and surfacing), thus reducing the time between bidding and construction minimizes uncertainity in bid prices. Design practices have been altered to utilize more economical materials. Specifications will be reviewed to see if alterations could be considered without appreciably affecting the quality of the construction. Bridge and culvert standards were reviewed to select designs that would best utilize available materials.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented to WASHO Committee on Administration, Portland, Oregon, June 6, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Western Association of State Highway & Transp Off

    AASHTO, 341 National Press Building
    Washington, DC  USA  20004
  • Authors:
    • Goode Jr, M G
  • Publication Date: 1974-6-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00261676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM