The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in partnership with the State of Indiana, continued the process of acquiring toll integration services by issuing a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) pertaining to the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.
The two states, through a Joint Board, are soliciting industry input on the draft RFP in order to provide a procurement document that captures the latest in toll technology and processes. The states expect that the final RFP will be available on April 17, 2013.
The project involves three Ohio River bridges – a new bridge to carry northbound Interstate 65 between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., a renovated and reconfigured John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge to carry southbound I-65, and a new East End Crossing between Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky., to effectively complete an I-265 loop.
The states will use a phased approach in the coming year to select qualified vendors to provide three elements of the toll integration system. First, the states will select a firm to design the roadside and back office computer systems that will facilitate toll collection. Next, an electronic toll collection firm will be selected to provide the hardware necessary to implement tolling. Finally, an operations firm will be selected to run the system and collect tolls when the bridges are open to traffic. The states reserve the right to hire a single firm, or up to three separate firms, to perform these services depending on the proposals received.
Comments are due on the draft RFP by April 5, 2013. Firms interested in providing toll integration and operation services are encouraged to visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s construction procurement website at http://transportation.ky.gov/Construction-Procurement/Pages/default.aspx, or contact Ryan Griffith at Ryan.Griffith@ky.gov.