Use of Private Contracting in Highway Maintenance

by John L. Baker, Pennsylvania DOT, Franklin, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance


Managing the business of highway and bridge maintenance in this country is largely a function of the public sector. As in the private sector, economic realities during the past decade have forced responsible public agencies to continue to achieve greater efficiencies annually. The author focuses on the question of use of public agency force versus private contractor force in the accomplishment of highway and bridge maintenance missions. These decisions are subject to the forces of change.

Subject Headings: Maintenance and operation | Highway bridges | Contracts and subcontracts | Highway and road management | Private sector | Bridge management | Economic factors | Benefit cost ratios

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