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Progress Report: FDOT Adopts Some OPPAGA Recommendations to Improve Construction and Maintenance Programs, Report No. 01-44, September 2001
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The Florida Department of Transportation has implemented several of our 1999 report’s recommendations for improving the Highway Construction and Engineering and Transportation System Maintenance Programs. The department has
  • expanded its use of alternative construction contracting techniques, which has helped to reduce time and cost overruns, and
  • begun to phase out its central warehouse and implemented a “just-in-time” system for obtaining supplies.  The department reports it eliminated four central warehouse positions to date. The salaries and benefits associated with these positions totaled $150,000. The department plans to fully close the central warehouse by December 2002.
However, some of our recommendations have not been implemented. The department has not changed its annual goal for resurfacing roads to prevent further growth in the backlog of deficient lane miles. It also did not revise its standard construction specifications to discourage contractors from unbalanced bidding. Also, the Legislature has not amended the law to allow revenue-producing projects to be advanced as part of the department’s Local Government Advance-Reimbursement Program.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 99-29 Justification Review of the Highway Construction and Engineering and Transportation System Maintenance Programs, published in January 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Planning and Environment
Pre-Construction and Design Services
Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
Highway Maintenance
Florida Department of Transportation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 98-60 Florida Department of Transportation's Programs' Performance for Fiscal Year 1997-98, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-59 Transportation System Maintenance Program, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-58 Highway Construction and Engineering Program, published in February 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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