Illinois Tollway seeks firm to review construction history

Lessons learned and best practices from past projects will be applied to new $12 billion capital plan

News Illinois Tollway March 02, 2012
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The Illinois Tollway announced that it is seeking an engineering firm with nationwide experience to provide an overall review of the Tollway’s current construction practices and past construction projects to apply lessons learned and best practices to the new 15-year, $12 billion capital program Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.


The firm selected for this one-year contract will be responsible for reviewing the Tollway’s contract-management procedures, including contract agreement language, manuals, specifications, policies, contract change administration and administrative procedures. The scope of work also will include evaluation of elements of past construction projects to ensure compliance with engineering specifications.


“This independent review of Tollway construction is key to ensuring that we apply the lessons learned from past work and are using the best industry practices for our new $12 billion capital program,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Our goal is to maximize efficiencies so that we get the highest quality work for the best price.”


Firms interested in submitting a proposal can visit the “Doing Business” section on the Tollway’s website for more information.  Submissions are due May 2, with a contract expected to be awarded by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in June. Work is expected to begin in the summer. 


The Illinois Tollway follows the qualifications-based selection process mandated by state statute (30 ILCS 535/1) to hire firms for professional services contracts. Statements of interest submitted by firms prequalified by the state are reviewed by a committee of Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation and independent engineering officials. The committee selects the top three firms based on qualifications and then the Tollway negotiates a final contract price with the top-ranked firm.


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