MDOT opts for design-build contract to complete Gateway construction

Contact: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, 248-483-5127
Agency: Transportation

March 13, 2012 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced it will pursue a design-build procurement process to complete the remaining work on the Gateway project in southwest Detroit. This announcement comes five days after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards directed the Detroit International Bridge Co. (DIBC) to cede control of their portion of the $230 million Gateway project and ordered MDOT to complete the remaining work. In the March 8, 2012, Opinion and Order issued by Judge Edwards, the DIBC is to pay $16 million into an account to fund construction by MDOT.

The design-build process allows for private consultants and contractors to construct the remaining work on DIBC property under MDOT oversight. The design-build concept was identified as the fastest way to complete the Gateway, a project created to provide direct access to and from I-75/I-96 and the Ambassador Bridge plaza, improving border wait times and removing commercial traffic from residential streets in southwest Detroit.

Proposal requests to the consultant and contracting industry will be submitted this month following an established two-step, open competitive process:

- First, MDOT will issue a Request for Qualifications for pre-qualified construction contractors to gauge their qualifications and understanding of the needed work.

- Second, MDOT will narrow the proposal field and invite these short-listed design-build contractor teams to submit bids. The best and lowest bidder will be awarded the design-build contract.

MDOT anticipates issuing the Request for Qualifications the week of March 26 and soliciting bids the week of April 2 with the goal of awarding the design-build contact by mid-April. This schedule is predicated on MDOT receiving the funding and project affiliated electronic files from the DIBC.

The chosen design-build team will complete the final construction plans with provisions in place for interim completion of the portions that will remove truck traffic from local streets as quickly as possible, as well as provisions for expediting the overall completion.

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