Contract Maintenance: Can It Save Our Highways?

Since the 1970s, highway agencies often have used private rather than public sector resources for performing highway maintenance. This article looks at the growing trend of outsourcing road maintenance to the private sector, highlighting the benefits that this practice offers. Contract maintenance is generally accomplished through one of two methods: activity contracting and asset management. Activity contracting involves the performance of a specific maintenance work activity. In an asset management arrangement (also known as region-wide maintenance contracting or performance-based contracting), the contractor is required to perform a specified number of different maintenance activities or all activities necessary to maintain assets along the right-of-way. When a contract maintenance program is well planned, organized, and executed, it can be successful in prolonging the life of a facility and providing a safe travel environment while reducing public sector costs.

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  • Accession Number: 01013324
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2005 5:16PM