The Michigan Department of Transportation participated in a federal pilot program that allowed it to use the performance contracting method to replace the superstructure of two bridges and rehabilitate an asphalt overlay. This technique allows transportation agencies to define an outcome for a project, while a contractor determines how to accomplish the goal. Michigan officials believed that performance contracting could help them achieve their goals in a cost-effective manner, and Central Asphalt, the prime contractor on the project, used its expertise to eliminate joints and cracking in the pavement.

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