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Transportation Final 10-15-11 -   5.1 - Percent of capital projects completed on-time and within budget

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Transportation Final 10-15-11
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5.1 - Percent of capital projects completed on-time and within budget
What is WSDOT’s record in delivering highway projects on-time and on-budget?

Data Notes
Data Source: WSDOT Capital Program Delivery & Management Office.
Measure Definition: Percentage of projects delivered both on time and on budget (see data notes)
Target Rationale:
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Objective 5.1: Deliver high quality projects on-time, within scope, within budget.

Notes: (optional)


Data as of June 30, 2011. “On-Budget” means +/- 5 percent of the 2009-11 Budget. “On-Time” means the project was or will be operationally complete within the planned quarter based on the 2009-11 budget.
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Summary Analysis

WSDOT has successfully delivered 303 out of 421 Nickel and Transportation Partnership Account (TPA) projects as of June 30, 2011, and is on target with the Legislative budget expectation.

Since 2003, WSDOT has delivered a total of 303 Nickel and TPA projects totaling $4.1 billion, on target with the legislative budget expectation. By December 31, 2011, roughly 355 of 421 projects (84%) will be under construction or completed.

WSDOT uses nationally recognized best practices to manage projects within budget.

74% of the delivery of WSDOT's highway program is contracted out to the private sector - supporting jobs in communities throughout the state.

54% of the design work is being delivered by private sector consultants.

On-time and on-budget performance on individual projects 

For the 303 highway projects completed through June 30, 2011, changes from the previous quarter are:

  • On-time delivery performance remained steady at 90%;
  • On-budget performance remained steady at 92%; and
  • On-time and on-budget project delivery performance decreased slightly (1%) to 83% this quarter.

Key factors

  • The Construction Cost Index increased 4.9% in the first half of 2011.
  • The average number of bidders on projects has increased from 5.1 in 2009 to 5.5 in 2010.
  • In FY 2011, 146 of 171 contracts (85.4%) were awarded below the engineer's estimate.
  • The total award amount of all contracts for FY 2011 was 17.4% lower than the total engineer's estimate.

Key Action Items

Identify and track common trends among projects that lead to cost increases: WSDOT continues to work to identify and track common trends among projects that lead to cost increases. This includes rejected bids, accuracy of initial estimates, accuracy of initial quantities, over/under runs of quantities, change orders, changes in the duration and contract administration practices such as change order processing and making payments.  The result will be lessons learned to improve project management practices.