ODOT Awards First Construction Contract for I-70/71 Corridor in Columbus
Nearly $41 Million savings for the  I-71/I-670 project

COLUMBUS (Thursday, April 28, 2011) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today announced the contract award of the first phase of the I-70/I-71split reconstruction to Kokosing Construction Company.  Construction is expected to begin sometime this summer with an anticipated completion date of 2014 – nearly half a year ahead of schedule.

 “The modernization of this interstate corridor through downtown Columbus is one of the largest transportation projects of its kind here in Central Ohio,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Our goal is to provide a safer highway and reduce crashes and congestion.”

Kokosing, working with designer CH2M Hill was selected as the overall best bidder because they had the lowest bid and the best design proposal.  Kokosing, founded in 1951, is one of the largest highway contractors in Ohio (69th Nationwide), and CH2M Hill was the 5th highest nationally ranked design firm in 2010 by Engineering News Record.

ODOT’s official estimate on the I-71 / I-670 interchange project was $241 million.  Through the value-based design-build process, Kokosing’s proposal came in at $200 million – a savings of nearly $41 million.

Using a value-based design-build process, in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract – allows ODOT to deliver a better quality project more efficiently.   

“Design-Build is a unique and innovative tool which allows ODOT to maximize its current construction funds,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.  “We may not be able to control our funding situation, but we can control how effective and efficient we operate.” 

By using the design-build process, ODOT has already saved approximately $100 million and expedited project delivery by an estimated eight months on the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge.

In partnership with the City of Columbus and the Federal Highway Administration, ODOT laid out selection criteria for choosing the final design including sustainability and green initiatives, bridge aesthetics, design and construction management, schedule, community relations and cost.

More information about the I-70/I-71 Corridor - including the extensive community input into this first phase of work - can be found online at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/7071.