—In response to release of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force’s report findings and recommendations during a press conference held today in the Capitol, Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) announced that he will be introducing legislation, House Bill 2063
, which would authorize PennDOT to increase its use of “design-build” as a construction project delivery system.
Design-build involves contracting with a single entity to do the design and construction aspects of a project. The design-build system minimizes the project risk for the Commonwealth and improves the project delivery time by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.
“My legislation would compel PennDOT to increase use of contract work as well as deploy the design-build model for construction projects,” said Fritz. “Through this design-build model, we ultimately decrease project risk, shed light on project efficiencies and enhance end product quality.”
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This bill would allow PennDOT to contract with a private firm to design and build a project based on requirements established by PennDOT. After the project is completed, PennDOT would operate and maintain the facility. The bill also would permit municipalities to create design-build pavement management systems in order to manage a city’s or borough’s entire road system. Such a contract would be adjusted annually for available revenues.
The task force, headed by Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), was formed in July by Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), who selected 10 House Republican members based on their experience on the Appropriations and Transportation committees. The members also represented diverse regions of the state.
Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) shares details of his new legislation aimed at improving how construction projects are designed and completed during a House Transportation Task Force press conference.