Four teams short-listed for Missouri bridge improvement program

News MoDOT December 04, 2006
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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has evaluated, rated and short-listed four teams, from whom it received Statements of Qualification, to compete for the contract to design, build, finance and maintain more than 800 Missouri bridges.

"We are very pleased that the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program will proceed with four qualified teams. The teams include companies with a blend of strong local, national and international reputations and bring considerable design-build-finance-operate experience to the project," said Safe & Sound Project Director Ken Warbritton. "We look forward to working through the procurement process in the coming months to select the best team to improve more than 800 bridges across the state at the best value for the state of Missouri."

The short-listed teams are as follows:

Advanced Bridge Infrastructure Group

Major participants: Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc., Parsons Transportation Group Inc., VMS Inc. and DEPFA Bank.

Missouri Bridge Partners

Major participants: Zachry American Infrastructure, Infrastructure Corp. of America, HNTB Corp., Clarkson Construction Inc., Fred Weber Inc., URS Corp. and CONTECH Bridge Solutions.

Team United

Major participants: United Contractors, Cramer/United/Jensen JV, APAC-Missouri, RBC Dain Rauscher, Wachovia Capital Markets and LPA Group.

Additional team members: TranSystems, Triplett-King & Associates, Florence & Hutcheson, STV-Ralph Whitehead & Associates, Snyder & Associates, F&ME Consultants, Terracon, SCI Engineering, Universal Field Services, Jane Mobley & Associates, CCI Public Relations & Marketing Communications, LGC Enterprises Ltd., Hudson & Associates, Niche Public Relations & Communication, EFK Moen, OLH Inc., Leigh & Okane, SK Design Group, TSI Engineering, Bartlett & West, Cook, Flatt & Strobel, Hanson Engineers, Roy Jorgensen & Associates, Universal Asset Management, Herzog Contracting, Millstone-Bangert, Comanche Construction, St. Louis Bridge, Columbia Curb & Gutter, Wheat Government Relations, InfraMap and Universal Field Services.

Partnership Missouri

Major participants: Transfield Services, CH2M Hill, Macquarie Investment Holdings, DMJM Harris/AECOM, HDR, Emery Sapp & Sons and The Vandiver Group.

Additional team members: Boone Construction Co., JLA Construction Co., Schrimpf Landscaping, D&S Fencing Col. and Mar-Jim Contracting.

Gov. Matt Blunt and MoDOT Director Pete Rahn unveiled the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program in early September as a way to improve the condition of more than 800 of the state's worst bridges by the end of 2012. The team selected will determine the improvement strategy for each structure. Utilizing the design-build project delivery method that combines both the design and construction phases into one contract, the team selected will be expected to bring innovation to the project in order to save time and resources. Additionally, the team is being asked to finance the project and to maintain the program's bridges for at least 25 years.

MoDOT has established design-build goals for the project. The contractor team will be selected using a best value process to determine the team that can best meet or beat the following goals:

• Deliver the Safe & Sound Program for the least possible cost;

• Restore all bridges in the program to at least satisfactory condition on or before Dec. 31, 2012;

• Minimize the duration of public inconvenience during construction and maintenance;

• Maximize community and stakeholder acceptance; and

• Maintain structures for a minimum period of 25 years after they are upgraded, then return structures to MoDOT in satisfactory condition.

MoDOT has issue a draft request for proposal, and will follow with a final version on Dec. 6. At this time, the four teams will use this information to begin to prepare their plans for how they will approach completion of the project. The contractor should be selected in May 2007 and construction could start soon after.

Concurrent with the selection of qualified teams, MoDOT has finalized the list of bridges to be included in the project, after evaluating comments submitted by its planning partners. The final list includes 802 bridges that are spread across the state, with at least one in each of Missouri's 114 counties. To review the list, visit the project website at www.modot.mo.gov/safeandsound.

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