JEFFERSONVILLE — A notice of intent was issued by Kentucky transportation officials Monday, which is the first step in procurement for its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Kentucky is responsible for constructing a new downtown bridge, constructing the respective approaches downtown and rebuilding Spaghetti Junction in an agreement reached with Indiana, which will build the east-end portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said the state is seeking teams of contractors to design and build its portion of the project. There will be a prebid meeting at 10 a.m. March 1 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.
Hancock said in a press release that the selection of a contracting team will be based on a two-step “best-value process.”
First, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will issue a request for qualifications and the responses will be evaluated to establish a short list of three contractor teams. Second, those selected teams will be invited to submit proposals in response to a request for proposals. Proposals will be evaluated using a formula that will consider cost, schedule, technical approach and an inclusion plan for disadvantage business enterprises.
According to the release, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will select a contractor team later this year with the goal of awarding a contract by October. The project has an anticipated completion date of June 2018.