Press Release -- June 26, 2008
Indian River Inlet Bridge Project Apparent Winning Design-Build Team

The current Indian River Inlet Bridge.

The current Indian River Inlet Bridge.

Indian River Inlet -- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today announced that Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design build team for the construction of a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet. Skanska had a price proposal of $149,970,400.00 and a weighted technical score of 24.9630 and a total score of 24.9837. Skanska came in with the lowest price proposal and the best technical scores at the public proposal opening held on June 25, 2008.

Over the next 30 days DelDOT will review the price proposals and is expected to award the contract in July. Once awarded, pre-construction work could start in early fall. The new bridge is scheduled to be available to traffic no later than December 2011. The budget for the design-build of the new bridge was estimated at $150 million. There were three teams that submitted price proposals for the design build project. All teams have previous experience in long span cable stay bridge design and construction.

The other teams that submitted price proposals were:
- Indian River Constructors, a Joint Venture of Flatiron Constructors, Inc. and Kiewit Construction, Inc. with a bid of $156,648,000.00 and a weighted technical score of 24.6840 and a total score of 20.0304.
- PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. with a bid of $153,249,007.00 and a weighted technical score of 22.7910 and a total score of 20.5167.

DelDOT advertised its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on October 26, 2007. A review of the qualifications of the interested teams resulted in the selection of three finalists to submit proposals on the new bridge. The proposals included concept, technical and price proposals as outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

The design-build process allows a team of bridge design engineers and bridge construction contractors to be responsible for both the design and construction, meeting predetermined design criteria.

The new bridge is proposed to be 2,600 feet long, including 900 feet for the actual clear span over the inlet, with 1,700 feet of the bridge over land, supported by piers in the ground. All piers of the new bridge remain out of the water.

For additional information on the history of the bridge and project go to www.irib.deldot.gov. DelDOT encourages residents, motorists and others to write to DelDOT Public Relations at dotpr@state.de.us , or 800 Bay Road, Dover, DE, 19903, or call 302-760-2080 or 800-652-5600.