In other places, communities rely on private vendors such as paving contractors with large trucks and little work during heavy snows to clear the roads.
This AIER article does not express a preference for turning to private industry to help with snow removal but links to research that suggests using a P3 model could help a city reduce costs if it relies on snow-removal contracts.
An extreme example of this type of P3 is in Centennial, Colo., where community leaders have turned to private partners to manage all aspects of their public works. In the Denver suburb, a private provider not only took on the responsibility of plowing the streets, it brought a level of planning and expertise that otherwise would not have been available.
According to an article by the Denver South Economic Development Partnership,”Centennial is able to leverage the tech, experience, and research of (its P3 partner) CH2M’s global network. Using sophisticated algorithms and consumer-grade GPS units, CH2M streamlined Centennial’s snow plow routes, reducing the time needed to plow by 40%. For commuters braving the streets in winter, that’s huge.”
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