Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to release a request for qualifications (RFQ) in June. After receiving responses, the state will issue a request for proposals (RFP) to qualified respondents later this year.

The project is part of the Bridging Kentucky Program, which involves restoring more than 1,000 bridges in six years.

Royce Meredith, KYTC’s program manager for Bridging Kentucky, said that the state is bundling the bridge projects and using the design-build approach to achieve greater value. “We have a large concentration of bridges that need to be replaced in eastern Kentucky,” he said. “More than half of the bridges in the programme are located east of Interstate 75. By combining these projects into one larger design-build project, we expect to reduce construction costs for the programme. We also expect that having a single team building these bridges will improve coordination among the tightly clustered projects and lessen the impact on travellers.”