The National Academies

NCHRP 20-24(12)A [Completed]

Improving the Time Performance of Highway Construction Contracts
[ NCHRP 20-24 (Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $250,000
Research Agency: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: H. Randolph Thomas
Effective Date: 9/3/2004
Completion Date: 9/2/2006

Background: The time performance of highway construction contracts is increasingly becoming an issue of national concern. While it is true that completed construction contracts add to the value of the transportation system, the construction process itself can adversely affect the traveling public and local businesses. Therefore, there is growing recognition that attention must be given to minimizing the negative effects of highway construction projects. In general, reducing the project construction time will reduce many of the inconveniences caused by the highway construction. Phase I of this research, NCHRP Project 20-24(12), "Avoiding Delays During the Construction Phase of Highway Projects," recognized the importance of avoiding delays during highway construction. Root causes of the most common delays were identified and general principles for avoiding delays were developed. However, implementation strategies remain to be developed. There is a need for practical tools to facilitate the implementation of the key delay avoidance and time improvement concepts suggested in Phase I. This research will focus on improving highway construction contract time performance.

Objective: The objective of this research is to develop specific criteria and procedures to facilitate the implementation of the key delay avoidance and time improvement concepts suggested in NCHRP Project 20-24(12).

Tasks: To accomplish these objectives the following tasks are recommended: (1) Develop methods for applying time classification criteria to highway construction projects (2) Develop methods for applying project time classification criteria to highway construction contractors and designers (3) Develop methods for determining the appropriate subsurface utility engineering level (4) Develop best practices for avoiding utility relocation delays (5) Develop criteria for determining optimum incentive values in A+B and other performance incentive contracts (6) Submit a final report that documents the entire research effort.

Status: Completed

Product Availability: The unedited final report as prepared by Penn State University is available here.

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