PDT Staff Writer
On Friday the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to potential contractors for several aspects of the Portsmouth Bypass.
“This (RFQ) really signifies one of the first major steps in seeking a contractor to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Portsmouth Bypass,” said Steve Faulkner, Press Secretary for ODOT.
The 78-page document outlines the requirements for the project.
In the introduction it states, “ODOT intends to enter into a Public Private Agreement for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the Portsmouth Bypass. The project will be a four-lane, divided, limited-access highway around the city of Portsmouth in Scioto County. The highway designated State Route 823 is comprised of 16 miles of new highway, bypassing approximately 26 miles of U.S. 52 and U.S. 23 through Portsmouth, Ohio. ODOT also proposes the long-term operations and maintenance of the constructed facility.”
Under project description it states the project includes construction of five new interchanges (U.S. 52, S.R. 140, Shumway Hollow Road, Lucasville Minford Road and U.S. 23.)
“The developer will design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the new 16-mile bypass and provide all associated items, including, but not limited to, earthwork, pavements, landscaping, drainage, utilities, guardrail, barrier, retaining and noise abatement walls, bridges, culverts, traffic control, lighting and aesthetic enhancements for to completion of the facility. The developer will enter into an agreement for the project. The term of the agreement will be determined at RFP (Request For Proposals) stage, but is expected to extend up to 40 years from the commencement of the project,” the RFQ states.
In section 7.3 titled Procurement Schedule it outlines the timetable moving forward with the project. The RFQ was issued June 7, potential contractors have until June 17 to submit questions about the proposed project. ODOT will have answers to the questions on June 24. Statements of qualification for the project is due July 12 with the announcement of the shortlisted proposers released on August 9.
“These firms have to demonstrate the ability and experience to design and build a construction project along with the ability to finance this construction project,” Faulkner said. “We’re saying this is a $600 million dollar project so, the firm or the team that responds with a statement of qualifications must demonstrate the ability to do all of those things.”
For more information about the bypass, visit www.portsmouthbypass.com or call 888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834.
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