A recent stakeholder meeting with the West Virginia DOT emphasized the agency’s continued interest in competition in the highway paving market. The meeting with newly appointed Transportation Secretary Byrd White, and other key DOT officials, focused on ways to extend the purchasing power of the paving dollar in the state, says Ray Seipp, President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, ACPA.
The meeting, which was the latest in ongoing discussions between the chapter and the DOT, presented an opportunity to discuss costs and quality, as well as to share perspectives on alt design/alt bid projects and warranty contracts. The meeting also presented the concrete pavement officials with an opportunity to discuss ways to make both asphalt and concrete pavement projects more competitive and more equitable for both pavement materials.
Research has shown that increased inter-industry competition has not only resulted in better value for agencies and taxpayers, but also results in higher quality and increased innovation.
* In addition to WV Transportation Secretary Byrd White, the DOT was represented by Aaron Gillispie, State Highway Engineer, and Ron Stanevich, Director of the DOT Materials Control, Soils & Testing Division. Representing ACPA were Chuck Niederriter, Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc. (ACPA Past Chairman-2018); Brad Allison & Mike Durst from Hi-Way Paving, Inc.; Rich McDonough, The Lane Construction Co.; Mike Coughlin, McCarthy Improvement Co.; Ray Seipp, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; and Leif Wathne, ACPA.