Innovative Contracting Procedures

by Dwight M. Bower, Colorado Dep of Highways, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering 21st Century Highways


The design and construction of the transportation infrastructure is becoming more complex, especially as new products and procedures are becoming available. Some highway agencies are tending towards end result specifications within their current designs providing general conceptual plans. The future contractor's competitiveness may depend on the ability to manage the planning, design, and construction of these projects in a cost effective manner. Improving the construction process within the transportation infrastructure has become an item of high priority. A national task force has been established to develop recommendations for implementation on a short-term and long-term basis. This paper presents some of the barriers and opportunities regarding improving construction management, quality, and cost.

Subject Headings: Highway and road design | Construction costs | Quality control | Highway and road management | Highway engineering | Conceptual design | Industries | Financial management

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