Innovative Contracting Strategies for Transportation Maintenance Outsourcing

In the past decade, the Federal Highway Administration challenged state highway agencies to focus on preserving and maintaining existing highway system to prevent their deterioration. To achieve this goal, many state highway agencies have shifted to greater outsourcing to augment their in-house personnel, bringing together in-house and contract staff to maximize cost, quality, expertise, and efficiency. As a result, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) investigated maintenance contracting strategies to identify those efficient strategies that might be implemented to help them achieve their maintenance goals. This study investigated current maintenance contracting practices in TxDOT and other state DOTs to identify those innovative contracting strategies that may be appropriate for TxDOT to implement. Through a comprehensive literature review, 14 delivery methods were identified that are used nationally and internationally for highway maintenance contracting. An on-line questionnaire was distributed to all 25 TxDOT districts and state highway agencies within the other 49 states to get an overall picture of maintenance contracting strategies currently used in the United States. The results of the questionnaire are summarized, including how frequently these 14 delivery methods were used, who was using them, and the types of contract specifications and pricing strategies that were selected for the implementation of the delivery methods.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01152238
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0492
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:15AM