Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors Approves Selmon West Extension Design-Build Contract
August 14, 2017, Tampa, Fla, -The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board of Directors voted to approve awarding the Selmon West Extension Design-Build contract to the team comprised of Kiewit and AECOM. The Selmon Extension is a 1.6-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers: use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.
THEA’s goal while writing the RFP was to find the team best suited to build an aesthetically pleasing bridge while minimizing the impact on residents, business owners, and commuters, during the construction process. Four teams were selected to compete in the final round of the RFP process and were asked to submit proposals that showcased innovative in both design and construction techniques.
After an extensive RFP process, the Kiewit and AECOM team received the highest scores and were awarded the design/build contract. THEA’s Technical Review committee did not select the winning team based on the lowest bid. Other factors like design approach, construction approach, and the maintenance of traffic patterns along Gandy Boulevard were considered and weighed heavily during the scoring process.
“Local residents and Gandy businesses are important to our us and our community and in an effort to minimize construction impact and to ensure the project is completed according to THEA’s approved timeline, teams that responded to the RFP were tasked with including cutting-edge techniques and schedules to complete the project in strict compliance with THEA’s timeline,” Joe Waggoner, CEO of THEA said. “The winning team will be penalized for excessive lane closures, median opening closures, and detours over and above those approved by THEA,” Waggoner added.
“It was a competitive process with several outstanding teams submitting RFP responses. I know the THEA Technical Review committee took significant time and consideration in reviewing the responses and selecting the overall best team to complete this project in a timely and aesthetically-pleasing manner that will further connect the Tampa Bay region,” said Vince Cassidy, Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors.
Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020.
As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority’s (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community. Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.
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