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Winning team chosen for Maryland road scheme

Work is set to start on a new US$100m road scheme that will save Maryland commuters 30 minutes on their morning journeys.

A joint venture led by Concrete General as prime contractor has been picked to design and build the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project. The team was selected following a competitive bidding process for the automated smart traffic system, which is designed to improve travel on the I-270 between I-70 and I-495.

The winning team includes 16 firms:

  • Concrete General (prime contractor)
  • Rummel, Klepper, & Kahl (lead design firm)
  • Bruce & Merrilees Electric Co
  • CH2M
  • Stokes Creative Group
  • T3 Design Corporation
  • Floura Teeter Landscape Architects
  • Axis Geospatial  
  • Precision Measurements
  • Edwards Utility Mapping Corporation
  • E2CR
  • Airport Design Consultants
  • ECO Integration
  • Athavale, Lystad & Associates
  • iDesign Engineering
  • OR George Associates

The project breaks 14 bottlenecks and adds 23 new lane miles, more than 25 real-time traffic communication signs, and more than 30 intelligent signals that work together to deliver dynamic traffic management along the entire I-270 corridor. Currently, the I-270 corridor carries between 79,400 and 261,200 vehicles each day. By 2030, daily volumes will increase to 107,000 to 290,000 vehicles.

In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan provided US$100m in new funding for the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project to improve travel times throughout the 34.4-mile I-270 corridor. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration used a procurement method never used before by a state transportation department. The procurement used a fixed price of US$100m and performance criteria of moving the most vehicles farthest and fastest. The approach allowed the private sector to develop out-of-the-box solutions. The automated smart traffic system uses infrastructure, technology and information to deliver the time savings. “We’re trailblazing a new way of doing business that will be a model for projects across Maryland and for transportation projects all across the nation,” said transportation secretary Pete Rahn.

Final design is under way this spring with construction to begin this fall. The entire project will be completed in 2019.
 

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This article was published on 20 Apr 2017 (last updated on 20 Apr 2017).

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