Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
March 20, 2013
COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION BOARD APPROVES RESOLUTION TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF MAINTENANCE SERVICES ON I-64 AND I-264 IN THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION
RICHMOND – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) voted today to rescind its award, which was to begin this May, with TME Enterprises (TME) for maintenance services performed on sections of I-64 and I-264 in southside Hampton Roads. TME will continue its current contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on I-64 and I-264 until that contract expires this early May. Action by the CTB follows TME’s Notice of Withdrawal of Bid, which was received by VDOT last week.
The CTB also approved VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley’s recommendation that VDOT completely cancel its Invitation for Bids to seek maintenance contracts under the performance based Turnkey Maintenance Services (TAMS) for sections of I-64 and I-264. Whirley also recommended that interstates with significant pavement deficiencies may not be good candidates for TAMS contracts and maintenance of those roadways should be managed directly by VDOT.
Beginning this May, VDOT will manage the daily maintenance, not TAMS contractors, on sections of I-64 and I-264 in southside Hampton Roads. While contract forces will conduct the actual interstate maintenance work as required by law, the management of their work will be directed by VDOT.
“Moving forward regarding southside I-64 and I-264, VDOT will take over the management of the day-to-day maintenance activities such as pothole repairs to keep the road safe,” said Whirley. “While immediate pavement repairs continue, work is also under way to permanently restore deteriorating sections of roadway. That pavement rehabilitation will go a long way in preventing potholes over the long term and provide a better riding surface.”
The CTB resolution follows a report conducted by VDOT regarding the pothole situation that occurred on I-64 and I-264 in early February. The report recommended preventative actions and long-term solutions. TME has submitted a report in response to VDOT’s preliminary findings. VDOT is currently reviewing TME’s report.
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