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for TxDOT to develop new contract provisions
for low-bid construction, maintenance, and
building contracts to address progress by contractors. The bill requires TxDOT to establish
rules to ensure consistency in the application of contract remedies. It also calls for
TxDOT to evaluate contractors and establish
an appeal process for those who believe they
have received an unfair evaluation rating.
Other provisions regarding contracting procedures include the calculation and imposition
of liquidated damages; and require for TxDOT
to adopt additional contractor penalties for
delayed highway projects, and consider the
number of work days in a contract, and factors
beyond a contractor's control before assessing
a contractor penalty.
As first noted, TxDOT's job is to build
projects that make transportation safer,
faster, and more reliable. To do this, we rely
on numerous planning and development
tools to ensure the funding we receive is
applied to the best possible projects and
used in the most effective and efficient
manner possible.
One of the most important steps in this
process is the development and adoption of
the annual UTP. The UTP is a ten-year planning document used as a guide for transportation project development. In August 2016,
the Commission was able to approve the largest ever UTP with a projected 10-year funding total of over $70 billion - $38 billion
more than the previous UTP. In March 2017,
the Commission authorized approximately
$9 billion in funding for specific projects
throughout the state. This authorization
included over $7 billion for added capacity
projects, close to $800 million for strategic upgrades, and over $1 billion for major
rehabilitation projects such as Super 2's.
The funding impacted over 1,200 centerline
miles of roadway, and is being applied to
projects that will be let in the next 4 years
of the UTP.
Letting is the next step in the process.
This year (FY 2017), TxDOT planned to let
a total of 844 projects for an estimated
$5.25  billion. As of the July letting, a
total of 697 projects had been let for a
total of $3.64 billion. By close of the fiscal year, TxDOT estimates letting an additional 88 projects resulting in a total of
795 projects in 2017. The engineer's estimate for FY 2017's total letting is just over
$4.9 billion with a projected savings fund
of approximately $437 million from low bid

underruns; funding that will be applied to
future projects.
Bottom line, the additional funding we
have received, thanks to the Legislature
and Texas citizens, is helping us distribute
more funding to much needed projects that
will enhance the safety, quality, and capacity of our state's transportation system.
While the spring, summer, and early fall
are our busiest times for construction and
maintenance; our partnership with TXAPA
and its members is year-long. We want to

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thank TXAPA and its members for agreeing
to host asphalt, oil, and emulsion workshops
around the state to increase institutional
knowledge and experience on these subjects
at TxDOT and within the industry. Through
our strong partnership of working together
to develop and deliver these workshops,
we can solidify the commitment to quality
asphalt pavements. Together we will execute
with integrity to accomplish our mission and
deliver the transportation infrastructure
voted for by the citizens of Texas.
✪

Texas Asphalt Magazine FALL 2017
6/23/1723
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017

President’s Message
NAPA
Associate Member Forum
The Major’s Perspective
TXAPA Scholarship Program Changes Produce Big Results
Partnering Opportunities for Quality
San Antonio Downtown Y Stands the Test of Time
The Pros and Cons of Expectations
U.S. Polyco
HMA Labs
Calendar of Events
New Members
Products & Services Marketplace
Advertisers Index
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Intro
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - cover1
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - cover2
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 3
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 4
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 5
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 6
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - President’s Message
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 8
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - NAPA
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 10
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Associate Member Forum
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 12
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - The Major’s Perspective
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 14
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - TXAPA Scholarship Program Changes Produce Big Results
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 16
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 17
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 18
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 19
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 20
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Partnering Opportunities for Quality
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 22
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 23
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 24
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 25
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - San Antonio Downtown Y Stands the Test of Time
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 27
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - The Pros and Cons of Expectations
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 29
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 30
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 31
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 32
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - U.S. Polyco
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 34
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - HMA Labs
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 36
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Calendar of Events
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 38
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - New Members
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 41
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - 42
Texas Asphalt - Fall 2017 - Advertisers Index
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