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.
Percent Of Contracts Completed On/Under Budget
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
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
Number Of Construction Projects Active, Completed, And Planned
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.