Analysis of MaineDOT Road and Bridge Infrastructure Construction Costs (3.20)

Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) has been experiencing increasing costs in bids received for bridge repair, road paving and other infrastructure construction projects. This was first observed for bridges in the Fall of 2018 and paving in the spring 2019. Moreover, for projects with single bidders, the bids are 30-40% higher than the MaineDOT’s internal cost estimates. These cost increases appear to be greater than those in the neighboring states of Vermont and New Hampshire. This research seeks to evaluate the impact of inflation on these significant bid increases and better understand cost drivers for higher than estimated construction projects for MaineDOT before and after the current pandemic conditions. Possible cost drivers include: Maine’s labor force, steel tariffs, supply side disruptions due to the COVID pandemic, changes in federal trucking regulations, Maine’s recreational cannabis laws, and environmental regulations.

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    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $25000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551847101

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Maine Department of Transportation

      Research Division, Child Street, 16 State House Station
      Augusta, ME  United States  04333-0016
    • Managing Organizations:

      Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

      University of Maine
      Orono, ME  United States  04469

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Dunn, Denise

    • Performing Organizations:

      Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center

      University of Maine
      Orono, ME  United States  04469

      University of Maine, Orono

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
      5717 Corbett Hall
      Orono, ME  United States  04469-5711
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rubin, Jonathan

      Brown, Erin

      O'BRIEN, PETER

    • Start Date: 20220207
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01851446
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847101
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 15 2022 3:28PM