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Brent Spence Corridor Project – Procurement Information


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This site provides procurement information concerning the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project (ODOT PID 116649).

The Brent Spence Corridor is a major thoroughfare for both local and national traffic; connecting two states that are critical to the movement of people, goods, and services. It is part of a nationally-recognized corridor for freight and interstate travel that covers eight miles spanning the Ohio Western Hills Viaduct  to just south of Dixie Highway in Kentucky. 

The Project (PID 116649) will reconstruct approximately 5 miles of I-71/I-75 in Kentucky and 1 mile of I-75 in Ohio and will include construction of a new companion bridge over the Ohio River just to the west of the existing Brent Spence Bridge.  As such, ODOT and KYTC established a Bi-State Management Team (BSMT) with the authority to oversee the Project. ODOT will be the lead contracting agency but will team with KYTC in respect to the BSMT's efforts. The project design and construction is estimated at $2.2Billion.

​The contracting procurement will follow a two-step “Best-Value" selection process. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is tentatively scheduled for late October 2022. Responses to the RFQ will be evaluated to establish a shortlist of up to three most qualified Design Build teams. Shortlisted Offerors will be invited to submit Proposals mid January 2023. The “Best‐Value" selection process will evaluate the ability of the Shortlisted Offeror to manage the Project and provide a quality product on or ahead of schedule.  The anticipated announcement of the best value proposal will be late Oct 2023.  

Aug 19 2022 Update: The contracting procurement will f​ollow a Progressive Design-Build Format.  A Request for Proposals is tentatively scheduled for early January 2023.  The PDB procurement will consist of a single-step Request for Proposals (RFP) with interviews.   The RFP will request qualifications, understanding, and approach components for the technical submittal. While there will not be a separate request for qualifications, the BSMT will create a “shortlist” of the most highly qualified proposers who’ve responded to the RFP; the BSMT will conduct interviews with those “shortlisted” proposers.  Final selection will consider the RFP, interviews, and a competitive bidding element.  Subsequently, final design and final construction costs will be developed with the selected DBT with the NEPA preferred alternative being the basis of the design efforts.  Open-book pricing will be compared to an Independent Cost Estimator. ​

 Upcoming Key Milestones

Key Dates (Approximate):
  • Industry Forum: June 7, 2022
  • RFP Advertisement: 1/2/2023
  • Proposals Due: 2/27/2023
  • Interviews: 4/17/2023
  • Apparent Best Value Announcement: 5/1/2023
  • Anticipated Ph1 Award: 5/29/2023​​
See the link above for more details.
9/16/2022 4:20 PM

​ODOT and KYTC is continuing to develop the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor contracting approach, procedures, and key Project considerations.  The Project is being delivered utilizing a Progressive Design-Build approach.  To address anticipated questions and concerns, the Brent Spence Management Team (BSMT) has created a DRAFT summary of key contractual highlights and overall Project elements. 

​As all of the information is DRAFT, the BSMT will entertain early feedback on these described approaches/considerations.  The BSMT will regularly share significant changes or additions to the information provided as they are further developed; updates may include revisions resulting from these inquiries.  Send inquiries to

BSB Progressive DB Key Elements

8/19/2022 2:55 PM

Given the current environment as it relates to project risk, inflationary trends, the need for ongoing engagement of the adjacent impacted communities and interested 3rd parties, the Brent Spence Management Team has made the decision to revise the procurement method from Value-Based Fixed-Price Design-Build (VBDB) to Progressive Design-Build (PDB). 

 Progressive Design-Build will allow the Design-Build Team (DBT) and ODOT/KYTC to collaboratively consider and address major Project topics in a more open format which cannot be achieved with a Value-Based DB contracting method.

Progressive Design-Build uses a best-value selection to determine the preferred DBT, followed by a process whereby the owner and DBT “progresses" towards a design and a resultant contract price.   The DBT is selected through a combination of technical qualifications and “competitive bidding elements" without necessarily a fixed firm price.  The DBT collaborates with the owner to create/confirm the basis of design, overall project requirements, and final design intent. Project design decisions are based on cost, schedule, quality, operability, life cycle and other considerations; the DBT provides ongoing and transparent pricing estimates.  An “owner contract off-ramp" is an option if commercial and pricing terms are not agreed.

​The competative bidding element process will be explained in an upcoming announcement.

For more information, see the following Graphic:

Brent Spence PDB Graphic​

7/15/2022 3:12 PM

The current Project geotechnical information can be found here: 20220715GeotechBoringInfo. The location information is depicted in a PDF and KMZ file. Note: A “KMZ" file is a file that stores map locations viewable in various GIS applications, most notably Google Earth.  The Excel workbook is to be used to reference the sheet boring ID number to the existing geotechnical report and report boring number. Hyperlinks to the numbered borings are within the Excel workbook.  The BSMT continues its evaluation. 

The BSMT is also providing a PRELIMINARY working Risk Registry for the Project.  Risk assessment, risk allocation, risk acknowledgement, and potential mitigation measures will continue through project development.  The working Risk Registry can be found here:  20220715_BSB_RiskRegister_Preliminary

6/30/2022 5:33 PM

ODOT and KYTC have posted the list of interested potential contracting leads who requested One-on-One Meetings during the June 7th 2022 Industry Forum.  We also posted two KMZ files depicting the overall Project.

These three files can be found here: BSB_KMZ_OneOnOn​eList

Note: A “KMZ" file is a file that stores map locations viewable in various GIS applications, most notably Google Earth.  Of the two files, BSB_ConceptI-W_End_LinnSt.kmz depicts the Design-Build contract portion only.  BSB_ConceptI-W.kmz also includes Phase 1 & Phase 2; the separate design-bid-build projects to the North.  These files are preliminary.

A YouTube video of the June 7th presentation can be found here: Brent Spence Bridge - Informational Forum - 6.7.22 - YouTube

6/13/2022 3:48 PM

​Thank you to all the companies, organizations, and individuals who participated in the June 7th, 2022 BSB Industry Forum.

ODOT and KYTC is sharing the following information: General Session PowerPoint, Attendee Lists, and the various visual displays.

Link: June 7th Forum Info​

​A recording of the General Session presentation will be posted soon.

5/27/2022 3:47 PM

ODOT and KYTC have developed a DRAFT Agenda for the upcoming June 7, 2022 BSB Industry Forum.  While the final agenda may be modified, it can be found here:  Industry Forum Agenda

​Lead Contractors who have requested One-on-One meetings will be notified directly of their specific meeting time.

5/13/2022 3:28 PM

ODOT and KYTC is inviting companies interested in working or leading the Project to attend an Industry Forum scheduled for June 7, 2022 (beginning 9 am) ​​at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.  There is a link to register to attend within the flyer.  ODOT and KYTC will also offeror the opportunity for One-on-One meetings for interested DB contract leads in the afternoon.  The flyer registers you for the forum, but interested leads must send a request for a One-on-One meeting to:

Industry Forum Flyer​

5/10/2022 3:32 PM

​The State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Kentucky's requests for non-binding Letters of Interest is posted at the link above. An Industry Forum and One-on-One meetings will be held June 7, 2022 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

LOI Request​

5/10/2022 3:24 PM

​Ohio Dot and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced their intent to procure the Brent Spence Corridor Project.  5/4/21 Announcement​

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