October 1, 2010 – The Ohio Department of Transportation announced that it has selected Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for the design and construction of the westbound I-90 Inner Belt Bridge project. KS Associates is on the winning team and is providing engineering and surveying services in support of this major, historical project.
The Walsh/HNTB team scored high on a number of technical elements and submitted a total bid amount of $287.4 million, approximately $162 million less than the original State-estimated cost. Another winning factor is the team's design approach, which reduced the schedule by nearly one full year. Construction of the project is expected to commence in 2011 and substantial completion is anticipated during the fall of 2013.
KS's role will be to work with the HNTB team to provide overall design support services. KS has also provided surveying services necessary for the preliminary design, and will continue to provide surveying services as needed, as the project moves forward.
According to Michael J. Malloy, P.E., KS Associates Director of Transportation Services, "This is the third recent design-build project in which our Transportation team has been invited to participate, and by far the largest. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work, in some capacity, on such an important project."
The other two recent design-build projects for which KS is providing transportation engineering services are the SR 57 Bridge over the Black River and the Trumbull 5th Street Bridge Rehabilitation in Niles, Ohio. According to Malloy, "The design-build project delivery method is growing in popularity, due to its cost- and time-saving advantages. The key to an effective design-build approach is selecting qualified team members who understand the method and who can offer flexible, innovative solutions. KS is proving to be a reliable design-build teaming resource."
About the Inner Belt Bridge Project:
The Inner Belt Bridge project will be the state’s largest single transportation investment ever. The project involves the construction of a new westbound bridge to the north of the existing bridge, followed by the construction of a new eastbound bridge on essentially the same alignment as the existing bridge. The Plan improves safety by realigning I-90 through the Inner Belt Curve to reduce the severity of the curve and by braiding or consolidating ramps within the Inner Belt Trench to minimize conflicts between vehicles entering and exiting the highway.
To read more, visit ODOT's Web Site.
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