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Review of the Florida Department of Transportation Construction Bid and Contract Administration Process, Report No. 96-85, May 1997
 
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  • Successful bids in the projects we examined averaged 6% below the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) official preliminary estimates. Final construction costs averaged 9% above the award amounts, resulting in $32┬ámillion in cost overruns.
  • FDOT paid about $2 million above average bid prices for increased quantities of planned work. FDOT could avoid paying these premium prices by adopting a policy to pay only reasonable unit prices when quantity overruns occur.
  • FDOT advance payment practices for certain items resulted in $90,000 in potential lost interest earnings to the state. FDOT could avoid the loss of potential interest earnings by retaining a portion of the payment for certain contract items.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Planning and Environment
Pre-Construction and Design Services
Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-29 Justification Review of the Highway Construction and Engineering and Transportation System Maintenance Programs, published in January 2000
  • Report No. 99-24 Justification Review of the Public Transportation Program, published in January 2000
  • Report No. 98-86 Justification Review of the Motor Carrier Compliance Program, published in June 1999
  • 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
  • Report No. 98-57 Toll Operations Program, published in February 1999
  • Report No. 98-56 Right-of-Way Acquisition Program, published in February 1999
  • Report No. 98-55 Public Transportation Program, published in February 1999
  • Report No. 98-54 Motor Carrier Compliance Program, published in February 1999
  • Report No. 97-22 Follow-up Report on the Florida Department of Transportation's Performance In Controlling Cost Overruns When Building Roads and Bridges (December 1997)
  • Report No. 96-21 Review of the Florida Department of Transportation's Performance in Controlling Construction Cost Overruns and Establishing Accountability for These Problems (November 1996); and
  • Report No. 95-30 Florida Department of Transportation's Performance in Controlling Cost Overruns and Delays When Building Roads and Bridges (January 1996)

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