OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A study commissioned by the Ontario
Good Roads Association (OGRA), the Residential & Civil Construction
Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) concludes that Alternative Financing and
Procurement (AFP) is worth exploring to maintain Ontario's bridges and
culverts in a good state of repair.
This report evaluated the bridge infrastructure needs of the County of
Wellington and its lower tier municipalities to assess the potential
application of alternative delivery methods. Based on an analysis of
635 structures, it was found that savings of 13% to 20% could be
achieved using AFP contracts.
OGRA and RCCAO are pleased to announce the study is now complete and the
full report may be found on both organizations websites or by clicking here.
OGRA President Joanne Vanderheyden is pleased with OGRA's involvement
and feels that "this study is the first step in the right direction to
explore the potential of alternative delivery approaches. Moreover,
this collaborative study proves that an asset management solution, such
as Municipal DataWorks (MDW), is imperative. OGRA has the database to
document Ontario Structure Inspection Manual (OSIM) reports and with
MDW's recent growth, this study supports the notion for a centralized
repository for infrastructure data."
Joe Tiernay, OGRA Executive Director, said "This is an important
initiative. For the first time, we have looked at how AFP might work
for smaller municipalities in Ontario. Although the report concluded
that there are a number of challenges to overcome, it also points to a
future where municipalities of all sizes will be able to
Andy Manahan, RCCAO's Executive Director, added "this analysis confirms
that bundling of bridges and culverts will increase the size of
contracts so that AFP methods can be employed for long-term, regular
maintenance of these structures."
The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the
infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy,
consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.
The Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario's goal is to
work in cooperation with governments and related stakeholders to offer
realistic solutions to our infrastructure challenges.
This study was financially supported by the Ministry of Transportation.
OGRA's publication Milestones Magazine has highlighted the report in an
article entitled The Bridges of Wellington County, please click here to read.
To learn more information, please visit www.ogra.org or www.rccao.com.
SOURCE: Ontario Good Roads Association
For further information:
Ontario Good Roads Association
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22
Oakville, ON L6J 0B2
PHONE: 289-291-OGRA (6472)
Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario
25 North Rivermede Road, Unit 13
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5V4
PHONE: 905-760-7777 OR 1-866-531-1608