West Virginia DOH Saves Taxpayer Money with Alternate Bidding for Repaving Projects
RICHMOND, Va., May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This weekend, millions of travelers will take to U.S. highways to begin the unofficial start of summer. Few of these drivers and their passengers will pause to consider the road they are driving on — unless they run over a pothole or get slowed down by a construction project. But every trekker should pay close attention since, as taxpayers, they foot the bill for highway repaving projects. The State of West Virginia has been addressing the cost issues in its roadway projects by using alternate design and alternate bidding of its contracts.
By allowing alternate bidding, the West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) now considers both concrete and asphalt for its paving materials as opposed to just specifying and designing in one material. This fosters even more competition and, over the last 36 months, six out of seven WVDOH projects were awarded to concrete when bid as an alternate to asphalt. The taxpayers of West Virginia have saved $9,800,000 on the last four jobs bid alone.
“This trend is all about projects being bid with alternatives,” says Robert Long Jr., Executive Director for the American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter located in Richmond, VA. “At one time, these projects would have all been designed and bid in just one material, like asphalt.” The new process bids were all first cost comparisons – equivalent designs with no life cost adjustments.
Other state departments of transportation are considering the use of alternate design/alternate bidding including the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Maryland State Highway Administration. “In the long run,” says Long, “the taxpayers of each state are the beneficiaries of the new bidding process.” Consequently, because the jobs that are bid successfully are more economical, the expectation is that more projects will be let and therefore more roads will be improved and utilized.
Working in partnership with its members in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ACPA promotes quality concrete pavements in the region by educating specifiers, legislators and government officials about the benefits of the locally manufactured, environmentally responsible, safe, and cost-effective pavement investment.
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SOURCE American Concrete Pavement Association