The U.S. Department
of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published
a final rule in the Federal Register to allow design-build contracting,
which can save time on transportation infrastructure projects, which
in turn can save taxpayer dollars, the agency said.
us to initiate and complete more transportation projects sooner,
design-build contracting can save both time and money for everyone
involved -- taxpayers, private industry and all levels of government,"
FHWA Administrator Mary Peters said. "This new rule will now
permit state and local transportation agencies to take full advantage
of design-build contracting methods."
method differs from traditional contracting in that it combines,
rather than separates, responsibility for the design and the construction
phases of a transportation project.
technical and cost proposals that optimize their design, construction
and managerial abilities. The contracting agency then rates the
proposals considering factors such as design quality, timeliness,
capability to minimize traffic disruptions, managerial capability