Brent Spence Bridge Corridor June 30, 2023 eNewsletter
Members of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor (BSBC) Project team have selected a design and construction process that will create a partnership between the designer, contractor, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to fulfill the $3.6 billion project’s mission.

The process is called progressive design-build. Under this approach, a single entity is selected to design and construct the project based on qualifications rather than price. The entity and the owner collaborate on innovation to finalize the design. They then work together to decide which party can best handle certain aspects of financial risk before a final price is determined. The process is intended to better address project goals while also keeping the project on time and within budget.

As the design progresses, the design-build team will consult with and obtain approvals from the project team at predetermined points throughout the process. The design-build team will also coordinate with KYTC and ODOT on financial risk responsibility and produce forecasts for the total cost of the project at regular intervals during this phase.

Under this process, the design-build team can price materials closer to when they actually will be used for construction. If cost estimates exceed budget expectations, the project team can work with the design team to revise the design accordingly. Once the design has reached a level of detail where all the financial risks have been identified and prices can be determined, the design-build and project team will then negotiate a guaranteed maximum price.

By working collaboratively and closely with the design-build team early and often throughout the progressive design-build process, the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project team can exert control over the design, cost, and timeline.
With a project of this scale, there is tremendous opportunity for economic impact throughout the region and for businesses of all sizes. The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project team is taking proactive measures to engage with small, minority, women-owned, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). In this photo, ODOT Southwest Ohio Regional Outreach Manager Larry Brown is seen speaking at the 2023 We Mean Business Conference on June 8, presented by the Minority Business Assistance Center and the African American Chamber of Commerce. The team also sponsored a breakout session at the event about the BSBC project.

For more information on upcoming events, DBE opportunities, and the work of the project team's Diversity & Inclusion Outreach advisory committee, visit

An upcoming event that highlights this commitment is the 2023 Business Enterprise Expo, scheduled for September 29, 2023. City-certified Minority Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, and Women’s Business Enterprise (MBE/SBE/WBE) companies are invited to showcase their offerings at the expo, which is sponsored by the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Economic Inclusion and will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The expo promises to be a platform for minority-owned and diverse businesses to connect with potential customers, partners, and investors. Attendees can look forward to engaging speakers, informative workshops, and ample networking opportunities. Free for MBE/WBE/SBEs certified with the City of Cincinnati's Department of Economic Inclusion.
For more information and to secure your spot at the expo, please visit:
The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project team welcomes comments and feedback from the public. To submit a question or comment, visit the project website and click on the “Contact Us” button in the upper right-hand corner.
Responses to all public comments can be viewed on the Public Involvement and Comments section of the website. This section features project exhibits, summaries of outreach activities, and responses to questions posed to the project team during meetings or via email. The document with the responses from all sources is updated monthly.
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