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.
- Presented to WASHO Committee on Administration, Portland, Oregon, June 6, 1974.
Western Association of State Highway & Transp OffAASHTO, 341 National Press Building
Washington, DC USA 20004
- Goode Jr, M G
- Publication Date: 1974-6-6
- Pagination: 6 p.
- TRT Terms: Bridge design; Bridges; Conservation; Construction; Contracting; Costs; Culverts; Energy; Fuel consumption; Highway design; Inflation; Materials; Monitoring; Project management; Shortages; Specifications; Structural design
- Uncontrolled Terms: Projects
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Bridges and other structures; Construction; Energy; Environment; Finance; Geotechnology; Highways; Materials;
- Accession Number: 00261676
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM