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ADOT Honored After 2015 House Rock Flash Flood

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Vermilion Cliffs 2015 monsoon caused mud and rock slides across US 89A resulted in a massive ADOT road construction project completed in 53 days.

Sedona AZ (August 4, 2016) – After a spectacularly strong monsoon dumped 1.5 inches of rain on northern Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs in just fifteen minutes, it was no surprise that mud and rocks covered US 89A.

But when Arizona Department of Transportation crews arrived on that day in August 2015, what they saw stopped their bulldozers in their tracks: boulders the size of elephants – 15 feet in diameter – and mud in seven different slides that covered sections of 24 miles of the only road across a wide area north of the Grand Canyon.

In the first six hours, ADOT crews from Page, Flagstaff and Fredonia rescued motorists trapped between mud flows, and within about 20 hours they had one lane open across the area. But the rest of the job was too big for ADOT’s local crews to handle.

The solution: A process known as Job Order Contracting allowed ADOT to bring in the S.J. Anderson Company of Mesa to repair damaged sections of the road quickly, and at the lowest possible cost. For that rapid and efficient response and its value to the public, the US 89A House Rock Flash Flood Project has been recognized as the 2015 Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence Winner in Job Order Contracting.

Invented in 1982, Job Order Contracting is a competitively bid construction procurement process government agencies use to accomplish a large number of repair, alteration and straightforward construction projects based on a set of locally priced construction tasks and competitively awarded contracts. Since its invention, Job Order Contracting has developed into a popular solution for agencies to manage and expedite construction projects.

The award, presented annually since 2007 by Greenville, South Carolina-based Gordian Group, a provider of construction cost data, software and services, recognizes facility owners, managers and contractors who perform essential repair, alteration and maintenance work using the Job Order Contracting system. ADOT’s entry was selected from thousands nationwide.

“This year’s Award of Excellence winner demonstrated the speed, versatility and efficiencies of Job Order Contracting, even in the face of a natural disaster,” said William Pollak, CEO of Gordian. “We congratulate Arizona DOT and the S.J. Anderson Company for the remarkable job they did serving road users in Arizona.”

Even with the challenges of a huge task in a remote location, the US 89A repairs were completed in just 53 days, with ADOT providing on-site inspection. The contractor mobilized within days of proposal acceptance, bringing crews and equipment from around the Southwest.

“This award recognizes a creative approach that allowed ADOT’s North Central District to respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to an unexpected challenge,” said Dallas Hammit, ADOT’s state engineer and deputy director for transportation. “Completing the repairs and cleanup of such a large event in less than two months was an outstanding achievement.”

The value of the Job Order Contracting process was clear when a second monsoon storm caused damage while the repairs were underway. Using standard costs approved by the Arizona Department of Administration, ADOT was able to approve the added work without delay and incorporate it into the project.

Gordian presented the award today, August 4, at the ADOT administration building in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  1. Richard West Jr. says:

    Visited Sedona with my family from the Pacific coastand was gifted with a subscription to this fine local magazine by the owner of our B&B. We will be returning to Sedona in the future, and the Grand Canyon, and we were amazed at the wide-open spaces and the speed limitsthroughout your state. Havedaughter and son-in-law moving to the Tucson area so will try and frequent the northern part of your state as muchas possible. We would like to compliment you on your road system and the attractiveness of the walls seen as we will have been driving. They are works of art and highly unusual for a government transportation system to be so conscientious about local art. Thank you very much againArizona for a wonderful visit.

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