KYTC releases details on 100-plus bridge project in eastern Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking responses from qualified design-build teams for a major project to replace 102 bridges in eastern and southeastern Kentucky.

According to KYTC’s Request for Qualifications, statements of qualifications are due by Monday, July 1. The RFQ also includes a list of the 102 tentative projects, located across more than 20 Kentucky counties, where new bridges will be constructed.

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Interested design-build teams must attend a mandatory pre-proposal meeting in Frankfort on Tuesday, June 18. KYTC expects to select a design-build team for this four-year project by fall of this year.

Design-build is an effective contracting approach to complete projects faster and often at a lower cost than traditional design-bid-build projects. Because design and construction responsibilities are handled by a single project team, this approach allows for improved coordination to limit traffic impacts during large construction projects across multiple sites.

The eastern Kentucky design-build project is part of a busy year for bridge construction across the Commonwealth. In 2019, KYTC will move more than 400 bridge projects from design and planning to construction through the Bridging Kentucky program, making this one of Kentucky’s busiest years of bridge building.

Of the nearly 120 bridges in the program that have moved to construction so far, more than 20 are completed and have reopened to traffic.