Below is an excerpt from Roads & Bridges, article written by Adrian Burde, Ken McEntire and Clinton Simpson, contributing authors. Read entire article here.
Since 1996, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been using the performance-based maintenance contracting method to deliver routine maintenance services.
This process differs from the traditional way of contracting in which the work method is not specified; instead, the agency allows the contractor to decide on the best maintenance plan for meeting or exceeding certain minimum performance requirements.
In 2015, VDOT and the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), the WWB owner agencies, commissioned a study to identify best practices and lessons learned applicable to other performance-based maintenance contracts. The study included several on-site visits, unstructured interviews with key managers and project staff, and an online self-administered survey to reach a larger group of stakeholders to collect their personal insights into issues related to the implementation and operations activities.
The WWB performance requirements were based partly on the National Bridge Inspection Standard (NBIS) and partly on existing TAMS contract templates. Several departments involved in the project participated in the reviewing process to provide their particular views and comments about the service requirements included in the solicitation package. Both agencies agreed on setting higher performance standards for the bridge connection than those adopted on the rest of the Virginia interstate system.
A summary of lessons learned from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project:
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