BRITISH COLUMBIA'S EXPERIENCE WITH CONTRACTED ROAD AND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

The government of the province of British Columbia announced in October 1987 that the maintenance of all roads and bridges would be privatized. The decision was based on the premise that contractors competing for work would be better able to control costs and bring innovations to equipment, staffing, and methods. The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways developed contract principles and end-product maintenance specifications. Contracts were to be negotiated with qualified private contractors if an employee group did not form or if negotiations broke down with an employee group. All contracts were 36 months in length. The first contract was activated on September 1, 1988, and the last one on April 1, 1989. The contracts were lump-sum types with monthly payments due at the end of each month. There was no provision for dispute resolution or for monitoring the management capability of the contractor. All equipment was either sold to the contractors or leased in cases in which newer essential units such as graders and plow trucks were needed. All materials, including produced sands and crushed aggregate, were sold, but the gravel pits and yard facilities were leased to the contractors. This paper provides further details on British Columbia's experience with privatization. It appeared in early 1992 that only minor savings had been realized (less than 1%). Former ministry employees who are now contractor employees and, in some cases, shareholders, are generally satisfied with their remuneration. There is a more consistent maintenance level due to the monitored application of detailed maintenance standards and more uniform contract administration.

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    • The proceedings of the Third International Conference on Managing Pavements is published in three volumes. Volumes 1 and 2, published prior to the conference, include papers to be presented at the conference. Volume 3, published after the conference, contains the opening and closing plenary session addresses, keynote presentations, several invited papers, and results of the various workshops.
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    • Lund, E A
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  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • Pagination: p. 93-97
  • Monograph Title: THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MANAGING PAVEMENTS, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, MAY 22-26, 1994. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, VOLUME 3
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  • ISBN: 0309055024
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