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Investigation of an innovative maintenance contracting strategy : the performance-based maintenance contract (PBMC).
  • Published Date:
    2015-06-01
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    English
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Investigation of an innovative maintenance contracting strategy : the performance-based maintenance contract (PBMC).
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    017-12-803
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    One of the major responsibilities of state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) is to maintain their road assets so

    that road users can travel cost effectively, safely, and in a timely manner. Maintenance projects can be performed

    either by using the DOT’s own workforce or by outsourcing to private contractors. Recently, some state DOTs have

    started using performance-based contracting for maintenance projects. In this study, benefits of these types of

    maintenance contracts were collected by conducting a national survey. Moreover, this study compared the use of

    the state force (SF) and private contractors in Nevada regarding the cost and quality of such maintenance activities

    as chip seal, striping, culvert cleaning, and sweeping. Results showed that state DOTs were highly satisfied with

    work performed by the state force, followed by private contractors when using method-based contracting and

    performance-based contracting. The cost comparison showed that chip seal, striping, culvert cleaning, and street

    sweeping performed by SF was less expensive than when performed by private contractors. Similarly, the quality

    of chip seal, culvert cleaning, and street sweeping was better when performed by SF versus contractors. However,

    the quality of striping work performed by contractors using the performance-based contracting (PBC) method was

    better than when performed by the SF. Recommendations for future study include collecting comprehensive cost

    and quality data for stretches of roads that are similar.

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