Lessons Learned-Pavement Marking Warranty Contract

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) contracts out some of the pavement marking (striping and messages) work that is routinely needed on roadways that are constructed and maintained. These contracts have typically been based on a materials or method specification with no warranty. The non-warranty contracts have often been maintenance service contracts using waterborne paint, applied annually in some cases. In recent years UDOT has explored the possibility of including a warranty specification in the pavement marking contract, in which the contractor would be responsible for monitoring performance and repairing the pavement markings as needed for a period of time after the main pavement marking work is completed. This type of contract is considered a warranty- or performance-based contract. There is potential with this new type of contract for longer lasting pavement markings, thus impacting the traveling public less and providing cost savings to UDOT and the public. In recent years UDOT went to the Transportation Commission to request funding for a pavement marking warranty contract with the expectation that there would be a 5 year warranty and the contract would cover a few highways in the state. The Commission approved $5 million of Interstate Maintenance (IM) funds for the warranty contract. After the initial bid process resulted in higher bids than expected, the project was resized to portions of I-15 (7200 S to 600 N) in Region 2 and I-215 in Region 1. More people in UDOT Operations, Project Development, and Region 2 got involved, and the project was re-advertised. The project was awarded to Dow Chemical/POLY-CARB Inc. in June 2012, and the work is expected to be completed in 2012 followed by the warranty period. The award specs show a contract amount of $3,951,349.00 and are available at http://eprpw.dot.utah.gov/ebs/archive/F-ST99(133)/F-ST99(133)_AWARD.pdf. The project number is F-ST99(133) and the PIN is 9622. The project name is "State Route: I-15 from: 278.60 to: 380.00 for: 101.40, Pavement Marking on Interstate at Various Locations." The base bid calls for a 4 year warranty with two additional years under "additives" to the bid. UDOT should be getting a 6 year warranty on the new pavement markings. This contract represents the first time at UDOT for a pavement marking warranty specification to be part of a new contract. It is also the first time at UDOT for the supplier to be the Prime Contractor on a pavement marking contract. It is also the first time in the state that IM funds have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to be used solely for pavement markings. The contract does not allow waterborne paint, and grooving is not required. UDOT senior leaders (Carlos Braceras, Ahmad Jaber, and Cory Pope) recognize this as a prime opportunity to learn from our experience with the pavement marking warranty contract. They have requested the Research Division to formally document the lessons learned from the contract and process. This could include comparison of the price for the new contract and a normal, non-warranty contract. When the pavement marking work is completed, if Region 2 feels the contractor did well and if UDOT senior leaders feel the lessons learned justify additional projects, UDOT may seek additional funds from the Transportation Commission for additional pavement marking warranty contracts.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $9086.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Project Managers:

      Scovil, Russ

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Utah, Salt Lake City

      College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112-0561
    • Principal Investigators:

      Porter, Richard

    • Start Date: 20121121
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33626

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01472294
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Utah Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 138354
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2013 1:00AM