Kentucky issued its guidelines for design-build teams to submit their request for qualifications in order to be considered to construct a new downtown Interstate 65 bridge, its approaches on both sides of the Ohio River and reconstruct Spaghetti Junction. The teams will be judged on their proven experience, innovative ideas, inclusion of minorities and women in the work force and ability to deliver the best value on schedule, according to a press release from the transportation cabinet.
According to the transportation cabinet, nearly 500 professionals have registered to attend a Thursday prebid meeting at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. The meeting is mandatory for contractors who intend to be the lead of a design-build team. However, every company interested in bidding on the project should send a representative, according to a press release. Preregistration remains open through Monday, Feb. 27 and those interested can register at www.transportation.ky.gov or www.kyinbridges.com.
Request-for-qualifications must be submitted by April 2 and the cabinet will select the three finalists by April 16.
The schedule calls for the winning team to be selected in October, allowing preliminary construction work to begin before year’s end and a completion has been set on or before June 30, 2018, according to the release.
To spur competition among the finalists, the transportation cabinet will offer $1.5 million stipends to the two teams not selected for the project. KYTC will retain all innovative concepts developed by the teams for possible use by the selected bidder. This best-practice approach has been used successfully in other states to lower overall project costs, spur innovation and speed construction.