JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation has received Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from teams interested in competing for the contract to design and construct the first project of MoDOT’s statewide Improve I-70 Program. Improve I-70: Columbia to Kingdom City will improve the 20-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between U.S. 63 and U.S. 54 and is one of several projects which will widen the I-70 corridor across the state.
Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly signed into law by Governor Parson provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to build a third lane of Interstate 70 across the state. The program will plan, design, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, and add three lanes in each direction on approximately 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville.
The pre-qualified teams are as follows:
- I-70 Constructors: Emery Sapp & Sons and Capital Paving and Construction – Joint Venture.
- Millstone Weber.
- Lunda and Jacobs.
There are still opportunities for additional consultants and subcontracting firms to be added to each team.
Design-Build is a project delivery method that combines both the design and construction phases into one contract. The selected contract team completes the design and construction in parallel instead of in succession, which saves time and resources. MoDOT has established the following design-build goals for the Columbia to Kingdom City project:
- Deliver the project by December 31, 2027, within the program budget of $405 million.
- Provide a third lane of travel for eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 from Columbia to Kingdom City.
- Improve I-70/US 63 and I-70/US 54 Interchanges providing for better traffic flow and movement of freight.
- Improve the interstate while modernizing the existing pavement and bridges.
- Minimize construction impacts through communication and construction staging while maintaining safety and mobility.
- Provide expanded employment opportunities to a diverse workforce.
MoDOT will issue the Request for Proposal in October 2023. The department will continue to work through the procurement process through the end of the year. The teams will submit their proposal for the potential selection of the winning proposal in approximately February 2024, and construction could start as early as summer 2024.