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Walsh Construction wins Louisville bridge contract with bid $90M below estimated cost

19 months ahead of schedule

FRANKFORT (Nov. 15, 2012) – Walsh Construction Co. is the apparent winning team that will build the Louisville bridge Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today.

The team’s “apparent best value” bid included a projected completion date of December 2016 at a construction cost of $860 million. That is more than a year and a half ahead of deadline and $90 million less than the cabinet’s preliminary cost estimate of $950 million.

Walsh Construction plans to begin construction early next year and complete their work by Dec. 10, 2016. The cabinet had set an absolute deadline of June 30, 2018.

Construction will begin early next year on the Downtown Crossing, which includes a new Interstate 65 bridge, a revamped Kennedy Bridge and reconstructed interchanges in downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind.

“We challenged the best transportation teams to deliver innovative, cost-efficient plans for the largest construction project in the history of Kentucky and Indiana,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. “The result of this spirited competition will be a project that will cost less and take less time to build.”

The price proposals were opened and scored in a public meeting this afternoon at the headquarters of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in Frankfort. The price proposals were tallied together with scores from technical and workforce proposals, which were submitted Oct. 1 and evaluated by a panel of cabinet and consulting professionals.

The “best value” is determined through an evaluation process that scored proposals based on overall price, technical plans and workforce requirements. Price proposals, which included both cost and days of construction, counted for 70 percent of the overall score.

Technical proposals, which included design and construction, were 25 percent, and workforce plans for training and including minorities, women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) were 5 percent of the overall score.

Walsh Construction submitted the “apparent best value” bid based on preliminary calculations, Secretary Hancock said. As with all KYTC project contracting, an Awards Committee consisting of KYTC engineers, headed by the State Highway Engineer, will review the calculations in the days ahead. KYTC has 90 days in which to award the contract.

The total cost of the Downtown Crossing will exceed $1 billion including expenditures for land acquisition, utility relocation, preliminary design and consulting work, construction oversight, toll system development and other necessary items.

The Bridges Project, a cooperative effort by Kentucky and Indiana, will create more than 4,000 construction-related jobs over the next six years as one of the nation’s largest transportation improvement projects.

Kentucky is overseeing the construction and financing of the Downtown Crossing while Indiana is overseeing construction of the East End Crossing between Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind. Indiana plans to announce a selected team for the East End Crossing tomorrow.

Walsh Construction was one of three experienced teams of bridge- and highway-building professionals that spent the last six months developing detailed plans for the complex project. Teams are:

Walsh Construction
Walsh Construction Co. (lead)
Milestone Contractors, L.P.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., lead designer
Buckland & Taylor Ltd., structural design lead engineer

Ohio River Transportation Constructors
Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (lead)
Traylor Brothers Inc.
Kokosing Construction Company Inc.
Massman Construction Co.
HNTB Corp. and Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., lead designers

Skanska Flatiron Dragados
Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. (lead)
Flatiron Constructors Inc.
Dragados USA Inc.
URS Corp. and T.Y. Lin International, lead designers
McKee Consulting LLC, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program manager
New West Advertising & Public Relations, public involvement manager
Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations, public involvement manager