||Assessment of the Incentive-Only Specification for Rideability for Asphalt Pavements
Kevin K. McGhee
This is supporting research to document and critically review the pilot application of the “incentive-only provision for rideability” on selected asphalt-resurfacing schedules for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 2013 construction season.
The project also will analyze whether the added costs of a broader program can be justified by any improvement in constructed quality.
- Key questions to ask during this study will include:
- Do contractors respond to the potential additional incentives by modifying paving procedures that result with higher-quality work?
- If so, does the higher quality justify the incentive being applied?
- Does the incentive payment offset costs for the modified paving procedures and provide a reasonable profit to the contractor?
- Does the incentive-only clause, as written, represent a sufficient balance of risk and reward for VDOT and the contractor?
- Should the provision include overall project quality for incentives, even in the absence of disincentives?