AECOM (NYSE: ACM), the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced today it has been selected as Lead Designer for the landmark Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project, led by the Walsh-Kokosing joint venture. The project calls for renovation and rehabilitation of the Brent Spence Bridge, which serves as a major gateway for travelers along Interstates 71 and 75 between Ohio and Kentucky, as well as construction of a new companion bridge to reduce congestion. The project is expected to improve traffic flow and safety, and maintain key regional and national transportation corridors. The contract is partially supported through a historic $1.6B federal investment from President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“We are proud to play a vital role in building a better-connected road network along one of the country’s busiest routes for commerce and commuter travelers,” said Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president. “We look forward to collaborating across our enterprise to bring our technical expertise to bear on this project, which will bring long-awaited safety improvements and traffic relief to this community.”
As the Lead Designer, AECOM will provide comprehensive design and engineering leadership to deliver critical upgrades that address safety and traffic flow; increase capacity between the states, improve the complex interchange geometry; and upgrade the interstate multiple miles into Kentucky. AECOM will directly perform design and provide project supervision services to lead a team of subcontractors that includes Jacobs Solutions and other engineering firms. As part of the services, AECOM will serve as Engineer of Record for the new double-decked companion bridge over the Ohio River and southward through Kentucky to facilitate this connectivity. The contract also includes the rehabilitation of the existing Brent Spence Bridge to its original design intent of three lanes of travel in each direction with emergency shoulders on each side.
“When completed, the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor, which was originally intended to handle only half of its current volume, will see drastically reduced traffic congestion while supporting access and connectivity to communities on both sides of the interstate highway,” said Mark Southwell, chief executive of AECOM’s global transportation business. “Not only will this project improve a critical link in this important corridor, but also support economic growth through job creation, and fuel investment into local businesses. Our diverse capabilities and design expertise make us well positioned to deliver on one of the most transformative infrastructure projects in the country.”
This project will be delivered using a delivery method known as “progressive design-build.” Unlike construction projects that typically use a lowest-bidder approach, the progressive design-build contract is awarded based on qualifications, the best overall approach and value. This allows a regionally strong team consisting of many design and construction firms the opportunity to collaborate with the bi-state management team and local stakeholders and assess and mitigate risk early in the process.
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