Highway Budget and Capital Performance

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The achievement of MassDOT’s greater goals and objectives is heavily dependent upon fulfillment of the MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Measures within the section help the Highway Division gauge performance in advancement of the projects and contracts proposed by the CIP. The COVID-19 pandemic did not significantly affect MassDOT’s capital project delivery this year. However, there may be longer term implications to MassDOT’s broader budget because of decreased revenue from tolls, the gas tax, and the sales tax.

Construction Contracts

Percent Of Contracts Completed On/Under Budget

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During FY20, 74 percent of all construction contracts were completed under budget, and 88 percent were completed within 10 percent of the original budget. Budget increases occur for a variety of reasons, including unforeseen conditions, errors or omissions in design, and scope added to projects when determined to be advantageous. The Highway Division holds post-project reviews with project managers, contractors and designers to identify systematic factors contributing to budget increase and to develop policy or guidance to avoid repetition.

Percent Of Contracts Completed On/Under Time

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During FY19, 57 percent of completed construction contracts were finished by their initial estimated delivery date. An additional 15 percent of projects were finished within 120 days of originally scheduled completion, or what is typically considered one construction season. Projects are delayed for many reasons, but delays are largely caused by utility relocation and unanticipated field conditions. To reduce delays, the Highway Division is undertaking a multi-pronged effort with the goal of improving time performance. This effort includes identifying and accounting for construction risks early in the development of contract duration, exploring opportunities to relocate utilities ahead of construction projects, and working with design and contracting partners to improve the overall timeliness of the capital program.

Percent Of Stip Projects Advertised

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The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists all projects planned for federal funding during the federal fiscal year. Tracking the percent of projects listed on the original STIP that were advertised for bidding is a measure of how well the Highway Division and Office of Transportation Planning are working with regional partners in Metropolitan Planning Organizations to plan, prioritize and deliver projects to construction. For the Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (FFY20) 90 percent of projects committed to in the original FFY20 STIP were advertised. The consistent delivery of the federal program ensures that Highway Division is implementing the investments envisioned by the MassDOT Capital Plan.

Number Of Construction Projects Active, Completed, And Planned

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During FY20, the Highway Division had 475 active construction contracts, 86 of which were completed to full beneficial use during the fiscal year. A total of 71 contracts are expected to become active during FY2020.