ONTARIO BRINGS IN ACTION PLAN FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION

Feb 17, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario will stop giving highway contractors certain bonuses for asphalt quality.

This comes after the auditor general reported some contractors were tampering with samples.

It’s one of several dozen items the provincial government says it will address – in an Action Plan for Highway Construction Contracts and Oversight.

The auditor general has slammed the government for poor road contractor oversight – saying pavement on some Ontario roads and highways that is supposed to last 10 to 15 years – starts to crack after just two or three.

She also found that the ministry was paying $8 million in bonuses each year to contractors – who provide the quality of asphalt required in their contract – and bonuses even went to contractors who tampered with their asphalt samples just to get them.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the measures in the action plan will go into effect this construction season – to ensure “Ontario’s highway network can withstand regular use and our harsh climate.”

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