The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) last week issued a request for qualifications(RFQ) for the Southern Gateway project in Dallas. The construction project will be procured as a design-build contract and will include the possibility of maintenance of the highway for up to 15 years by the winning bidder. It will include two sections: a 5.1-mile section of Interstate 35E from Colorado Boulevard to south of the I-35E-US 67 interchange and a 4.9-mile section of US 67 from that interchange to I-20.
TxDOT planners have set four goals for the project: completion on schedule, minimal traffic delays during construction, facilitation of participation of women- and minority-owned businesses and consistent public communication throughout the project. Responses are due by June 30, after which TxDOT will select a short list of contractors to receive a request for proposals (RFP). The final RFP will include a scope of work, contract documents and the objective methodology for determining the selected proposal.