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Construction Quality Partnership Agreement Signed April 27

Thursday, April 27, 2006   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

Contact: Glenn Bukoski, P.E.,
Vice President of Engineering Services
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
517-347-8336 

Construction Quality Partnership Agreement Signed April 27

Top public and private organizations signed an agreement Thursday to formalize training that will continue to improve the quality of Michigan's roads and bridges.

The “Michigan Construction Quality Partnership for Transportation Charter” was signed during a meeting of the Michigan State Transportation Commission April 27 in Lansing.

This agreement is intended to fulfill the requirements of the customer - drivers on Michigan's roads - by continuing to provide a durable, smooth, safe, aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sensitive, efficient, and economical highway system, said Glenn Bukoski, P.E., vice president of engineering services for the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA). MITA, a statewide trade association that represents over 750 road and bridge construction companies, signed the agreement along with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and six other organizations.

“What this means to the tax-paying public is that they will see a continual improvement in the quality of our roads and bridges,” said Steve Mancini, president of MITA and owner of Ric-Man Construction Inc., of Sterling Heights. “For those involved with highway and bridge construction, this means that we will be on the same page during all facets of a project's development, from design, bidding, construction and inspection.”

It is hoped that the agreement will also help continue to attract and build up a highly skilled workforce at a critical time when it is difficult to attract workers for the construction industry, Mancini added.

In addition to MITA and MDOT, the agreement was signed by the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration, the County Road Association of Michigan, Michigan Concrete Paving Association, Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan, Michigan Road Preservation Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan.

The specific aspects of the charter include the following objectives:

  • Identify training needs for current and future personnel;
  • Develop and implement training programs;

  • Establish and implement appropriate certification for project development, construction operations, administration and inspection personnel.

  • Establish and implement appropriate certification for contractors and consultants.

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