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New contracting rules for Southeast highway projects

Posted: March 29, 2011 - 9:56pm

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will begin incorporating approved Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals into highway projects in the Southeast and Northern Regions on April 1. Such projects are funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

DOT&PF Civil Rights Manager Jon Dunham said the highway goals consist of 13 percent of overall construction and professional services going to business owners who are women and/or members of minority groups. He said the projected goal is actually 7.3 percent, but the department expects the market to deliver the remaining percentage to meet the overall goal.

“Based on the experience I’ve had here for 11 years, it delivers at different rates,” he said. “We’ll hope to meet it.”

Dunham said the department also anticipates other contractors with DBE goals, but women and minorities are the base groups.

The DBE goals for transits and airports were implemented last April.

The Central Region will implement project goals at a later date.

The DBE program is to ensure that contractors comply with DBE laws and requirements and to support eligible DBE firms working on federally funded transportation related projects.

A DOT&PF release states, “The objectives of the DBE program are to ensure that contractors comply with DBE laws and requirements, and to support eligible DBE firms working on federally funded transportation-related projects.”

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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