The Florida Department of Transportation’s new maintenance contract with Transfield Services Infrastructure saved state taxpayers a whopping $13.1 million earning both agencies  the 2012 “Governor’s Savings Award.”

The contract with TSI is for asset maintenance along US-1 and State Road A1A corridors in Broward, Palm beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

The assignment includes all of the east/west state roads that connect them.

The Governor’s award honors state government employees and partnering private-sector companies “that work together in the interest of identifying cost savings and avoidances while increasing the effectiveness of government operations.” 

According to a statement released Thursday, FDOT renegotiated the removal of a 15 percent “escalation cost” clause for a seven-year renewal period resulting in a $13,192,500 savings .  The renegotiated contract amount is $87,950,000.

The FDOT employees who were instrumental in the contract renegotiations include: Maria Connolly, Brian O’Donoghue and Kim Gutierrez with the FDOT District Four Maintenance Office, and Tim Lattner and Mike Sprayberry with the FDOT Central Maintenance Office.

Gov. Rick Scott was pleased with the creative math saying “The FDOT has served as a model for other state agencies to emulate and I commend these individuals and TSI for their due diligence.”