Digital construction management practices helped the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation save more than $1 million on projects across the state this year, officials said this week.
The successful use of PennDOT's Engineering Construction Management System (ECMS) for highway and bridge construction was one of several items highlighted by the agency in a year-end report on department initiatives.
Added funding for bridge work, improved customer service and a key award for PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards also were highlighted:
• ECMS is a computer system that manages all construction activities for every project in the state. Its use in connection with 130 construction and renovation projects generated more than $1 million in savings, PennDOT officials said, on work that included salt storage buildings, vehicle washes, roofs, and HVAC systems.
• Resources made available under a relatively new funding law allowed the agency to increase spending on construction work, helping tackle the state's backlog of bridge work and creating private sector jobs.
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