Betcha can’t guess who won “under budget” transportation awardJuly 9th, 2012 by ed friedrich
For all the criticism about how expensive it was to build Washington State Ferries three new 64-car ferries, at least they came in under budget. And for that, the project that produced the Chetzemoka, Salish and Kennewick won an America’s Transportation Award in the “Under Budget” category for the Western Region, it was announced today.
The competition, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It recognizes projects in the categories of Ahead of Schedule (small and large, Under Budget and Best Use of Innovation. Thirteen transportation projects from 10 western states were nominated. Seven won awards.
Washington State Department of Transportation won for the 64-car ferries, which came in nearly $7 million less than the $213 million budget.
WSF, according to contest information, saved time and money by buying an existing ferry design and modifying it to meet local requirements, utilizing on-site inspectors to review work and resolve issues as soon as they arose, allowing the contractor flexibility to reduce costs by finding the least expensive materials, and coordinating stakeholder communications and team-building sessions.