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Highway Construction and Engineering and Transportation System Maintenance Programs, Report No. 99-29, January 2000
 
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The Department of Transportation's Highway Construction and Engineering Program is responsible for planning, designing, and constructing the State Highway System. The Transportation System Maintenance Program is responsible for maintaining roads and bridges. OPPAGA found that:
  • Both programs are performing reasonably well in meeting performance-based program budgeting standards. Data for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 1999-2000 shows that construction project overruns are decreasing.
  • It is doubtful that the department will be able to "build" its way out of congestion problems in the future given prohibitively high costs and the need to protect the state environment and control urban sprawl.
  • The department needs to allocate sufficient resources each year to meet the annual needs for resurfacing the State Highway System.
  • The Highway Construction and Engineering Program is generally performing well in letting consultant and construction contracts. However, the department could reduce its costs by modifying certain contracting practices.
  • Early results indicate that construction projects completed using alternative contracting techniques still experience overrun problems, but less so than projects completed using traditional practices. Use of alternative contracting techniques should be increased.
  • The department could reduce its costs by closing the Transportation System Maintenance Program's central warehouse and using contemporary best business practices, such as just-in-time distribution systems, to provide supplies. It should also explore opportunities to reduce the number of local warehouse facilities.
  • The Legislature should work with Florida's U.S. Congressional delegation to have federal law amended to allow the department to pursue franchising interstate rest areas. Franchised rest area facilities are operated by retail food or travel service enterprises in exchange for lease payments to the state. If the department could franchise rest areas, it would be able to reduce its costs for maintaining the facilities by up to $15 million annually.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-44 Progress Report: FDOT Adopts Some OPPAGA Recommendations to Improve Construction and Maintenance Programs, published in September 2001.
  • Report No. 01-13 Special Review: Department of Transportation Can Expedite Its Proposed Staffing Reduction Plan, published in March 2001.
  • 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. 96-85 Review of the Florida Department of Transportation Construction Bid and Contract Administration Process, published in May 1997.

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).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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