6/27/2012 7:52 AM
New alternative bid criteria for some Ontario Ministry of Transportation pavements will not impact OHMPA work
A recent decision by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to extend its alternative bid criteria for some non-freeway and lower volume freeway pavements will not affect the majority of work done by the Ontario Hot Mix Paving Association (OHMPA), says its technical director.
The criteria will allow bidders to submit a bid to construct either a hot mix asphalt or concrete pavement on certain projects.
MTO has a policy to only look at the concrete option when certain truck volume is met.
This criteria only affects new construction, not rebuilding roads, said OHMPA technical director Sandy Brown, adding that 90 per cent of what OHMPA members do is resurfacing roads.
The MTO said recent developments in technology and changes in materials costs have made concrete and asphalt more cost-competitive.
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