With the 1st phase of the Innerbelt Bridge construction of I-90 in Cleveland in process, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially beginning the 2nd phase. This project will use a public private partnership option (P3) after Ohio enacted legislation in 2011 becoming the 30th state in the nation to permit P3’s. The use of a P3 is crucial to this project because in January 2012, ODOT announced it had a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in terms of being able to fund all planned projects.
This is the first time the state has pursued a design-build-finance (DBF) approach for the construction of a major transportation project in Ohio. Under the DBF approach, contractors will finance and build the bridge and ODOT will pay the contractors back over a specified time. The project is expected to cost $330 million for the new eastbound bridge and demolition of the current bridge. Interested DBF teams have until December 21, 2012 to respond to ODOT’s request for qualifications. A copy of those qualifications can be found here: www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/InnovativeDelivery/CCG2RFQ/20121120_CCG2-RFQ.pdf.
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