Michigan DOT Releases New Summary of Efficiencies & Innovations

AASHTO Journal, 24 January 2012

The Michigan Department of Transportation released Wednesday a new document highlighting efficiencies and innovations, the latest in a series of performance measures the department has posted to its website.MDOT’s summary notes the $55 million in savings the department achieved in 2011 by undertaking actions to operate more efficiently and find every available dollar in a time when the department is challenged with limited financial resources to maintain the state’s aging transportation network.

The document also highlights the $71 million in one-time innovative cost-saving measures taken by MDOT in recent years, including $48 million saved by reducing staff 15% and closing eight offices or facilities. Other steps taken to reduce operating costs, extend the life of projects, and/or maximize efficiency include following best-value contracting methods, using precast bridges for quicker construction, and incorporating carbon-fiber components to extend the life of bridges.

“MDOT is making every effort to take relentless, positive action to maximize efficiencies and find new approaches to keeping Michigan residents and businesses safe, mobile, and informed,” Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said in a statement. “We will continue to find innovative ways to save even more money in the future. Documenting these efforts and all of the other performance measures we have made public on the MDOT website reinforces our commitment to work hard and work smart for the people of Michigan.”

The two-page performance summary is available at 1.usa.gov/MDOT377416.

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