ODOT has awarded the $200 million first phase of the Split Reconstruction as a design-build contract, which has apparently saved about $41 million. Design-build was only recently allowed by a change in state law. It’s an interesting process that has consulting engineers team with construction companies to design preliminary plans (about 30% complete) and cost estimates before any review by the client. Companies that don’t win the bid may end up spending a lot of fruitless hours trying to win the project, but they sometimes get a small reimbursement from the DOTs.
Anyway, look forward to the orange barrels.
The first phase of a massive reconstruction of I-70 and I-71 through Downtown will cost $41 million less and be completed about five months sooner than earlier estimates had indicated.
Ohio Department of Transportation officials said this morning that they have chosen the design-build team of CH2M Hill and Kokosing Construction Co. to rebuild the interchange at I-670 and I-71 on the northeastern edge of Downtown. The contracts total about $200 million.