Nassau County, Florida

Nassau County, Florida



Project Location:

Nassau County, Florida

Date:

January 2001 through June 2004
Client: Florida Department of Transportation, District 2, Jacksonville Office, 838 Ellis Road
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Scope and Asset Description:Jorgensen was responsible for maintenance of 91 centerline miles of interstate and primary roads within Nassau County Florida. This is a rural area that borders the Georgia state line just north of Jacksonville. The contractor’s responsibility included 12 miles of the heavily traveled I-95 corridor from the Georgia state line and Duval County line, as well as 75 miles of U.S. Routes 1, 301, 17, and A1A. Most of these roadways are two-lane and four-lane undivided rural arterials and travel through lightly populated pine forest, swamp and farmland areas, typical in the rural southeast US. The contract for this effort was a comprehensive unit price contract with approximately 50 maintenance activities. Award of the contract was based on the Alternative Bid Averaging method.Jorgensen was responsible for patrolling I-95 twice per day, and other roadways three times per week; performance of all routine maintenance work; coordination with all local municipalities and property owners; and response to road accidents and incidents through setting up of MOT, clean-up of after accident debris, and repair of damage to roadway assets.

Benefits: Using a comprehensive unit price contract with specific preservation activities has provided some benefits to the Department.

  • The nature of the comprehensive unit price maintenance contract provides a financial incentive for the Contractor to identify work.
  • The Department retains control of the quantity, frequency and timing of the work and can make adjustments as the maintenance needs/priorities change
  • Significant administrative and inspection savings result because of the reduced number of contracts to administer and inspect, procurements to undertake and invoices to process.
  • FDOT has documented a substantial increase in the effectiveness of their investment in maintenance with comprehensive contracts.

Disadvantages:Unit prices being estimated incorrectly and therefore providing disincentive to contractor to perform those activities.

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References—documents or personnel: David Williamson, 904/360-5200, david.williamson@dot.state.fl.us