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Subject: MDOT announces plans for warranties



CONTACT: 	Ari B. Adler, MDOT Director of Communications, 517-335-3084

MDOT announces plans for warranties
on three road projects in 2003

	The Michigan Department of Transportation today announced that it will
require contractors to stand behind their work through expanded, seven-year
warranties on three projects in 2003

	"We have a responsibility to ensure taxpayers are getting the best deal for
their money  which means getting a high-quality project that will last,"
said State Transportation Director Gregory J. Rosine. "The road-building
industry in Michigan does great work, so guaranteeing what they do shouldn't
be much of a risk."

	The projects selected for warranties are:

	 M-6 (Paul B. Henry Freeway) from M-37 west to I-196 in southern Kent and
Ottawa counties;

	 US-12 from east of Denton Road to Belleville Road in western Wayne
County; and

	 M-84 from Pierce to Delta roads in Bay and Saginaw counties.

	If a problem occurs with the pavement surface during the warranty period,
the contractor will be required to fix it. Contractors will not be held
liable if the problem is caused by something that was not under their

	"If a problem does not develop within the first seven to 10 years, we
expect the pavement to continue well into its life expectancy," Rosine said.
"A seven-year warranty is a great place to start to protect our

	MDOT and the road-building industry have been meeting for many months to
discuss the warranty provisions of the three projects, as well as warranties
in the future. Many concerns of contractors were addressed. Rosine said it
is time to move forward with these three pilot projects.

	"Few of us want to take on more risk, but even fewer of us want to buy a
product that a manufacturer won't stand behind 100 percent," Rosine said.
"The status quo is never good enough at MDOT. We owe it to the taxpayers to
seek continual improvement."


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Dusty Fancher, Policy Specialist
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive Suite 2A
ph 517-487-9539 fax 517-487-9541

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