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Ohio tenders $330m bridge

21 Nov 12 Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has launched the search for a design, construction and finance team to build the new eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland.

The team will be responsible for financing a portion of the estimated US$330m (£207m) cost of constructing the new eastbound bridge and demolishing the current bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2013 or early 2014, once the new westbound bridge is complete.

This is the first time the state has pursued a design-build-finance approach for the construction of a major transportation project. In 2011, Ohio’s legislature was the 30th in the USA to approve public-private partnerships, allowing ODOT to reconsider how it plans, constructs and delivers road and bridge projects in local communities.

The DBF teams will have until 21 December to respond to ODOT’s request for qualifications, which is posted to the agency’s website today. The list of qualified respondents will be narrowed to no more than three following a defined scoring model outlined in the RFQ. Those teams will be asked to develop technical and financial proposals and provide them to ODOT. A final winning team is likely to be selected by the summer of 2013.

The Innerbelt Bridge project includes replacing the current ageing span on I-90 with two new bridges and expands the number of lanes from eight to ten.  Crews are currently working to build the new westbound bridge, and it alone is the largest project in ODOT history.

The request for qualifications is available from the ODOT website (link opens in new tab).

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