Washington State Joint Transportation Committee

Efficiencies in the Construction and Operation of State Transportation Projects

In 2013, the Washington State Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to conduct a study to identify the major cost drivers and evaluate efficiency initiatives in the construction and operation of Washington State highway and bridge improvement and preservation projects. BERK conducted this study guided by a nine member Advisory Panel.

The study had three objectives: 1) To develop a broad understanding of the costs of transportation projects and their drivers; 2) To determine whether transportation projects in Washington cost more than in other states; and 3) To identify reforms or efficiency measures. Our primary source of information was a database that contained 2,292 completed projects completed between 2003 and 2012. In examining cost drivers, we looked at five key factors: project scale, state-specific regulations, labor costs, cost of materials and risk assignment.

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