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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 6, 2020 02:27 PM
From: Representative Jonathan Fritz
To: All House members
Subject: Highway Design-Build Program within PennDOT
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would establish the “Highway Design-Build Program” within PennDOT. The program would allow PennDOT to enter a design-build contract when bidding a highway project, which would decrease the costs and time PennDOT must expend for soliciting bids on highway project contracts.
My legislation would require PennDOT to annually develop a list of all highway projects that have a total project cost of at least $100,000,00, which would be suitable for a design build contract. By creating the list of eligible highway projects for design build contracts, contractors can offer PennDOT innovative ways to complete potential highway projects. However, PennDOT will have the sole discretion to choose what highway projects are able to be listed and the choice to accept and award design build contracts.
My legislation is part of the House Transportation Task Force’s package of bills that is responsible for finding innovative ways for the Commonwealth to fund transportation, while also ensuring the current funding sources to transportation are as effective as possible.
I hope you join me in sponsoring this important piece of transportation related legislation.

Introduced as HB2063