MDOT releases new report on efficiencies and innovations

Contact: Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications 517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

February 22, 2012 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today released a new report highlighting efficiencies and innovations, the latest in a series of performance measure documents the department has posted to a new "MDOT Performance" section of the MDOT Web site at

The new report details the $55 million in savings MDOT achieved in 2011 by undertaking actions to operate more efficiently and find every available dollar in a time when the department is challenged with limited financial resources to maintain the state's aging transportation network.

The report also details the $71 million in one-time innovative cost-saving measures taken by MDOT in recent years, including $48.1 million saved by reducing staff by 15 percent and closing eight offices or facilities. Other steps taken to reduce operating costs, extend the life of projects and/or maximize efficiency include following best-value contracting methods, using pre-cast bridges for quicker construction, and incorporating carbon-fiber components to extend the life of bridges.

"MDOT is making every effort to take relentless, positive action to maximize efficiencies and find new approaches to keeping Michigan residents and businesses safe, mobile and informed," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "We will continue to find innovative ways to save even more money in the future. Documenting these efforts and all of the other performance measures we have made public on the MDOT Web site reinforces our commitment to work hard and work smart for the people of Michigan."

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