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2014 SR 509 I-5 to SeaTac Freight and Congestion Relief GEC

Notice of Intent to Advertise
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region is anticipating issuing an advertisement for a consulting firm or team of firms to provide General Engineering Consultant (GEC) support on the SR 509 Corridor Completion and Freight Improvement Project. The GEC will be responsible for supporting a series of projects from early scoping through construction.

Questions and Answers (pdf 18 kb)

To provide project information to interested consultants, all interested consultant teams are invited to one of two pre-proposal review meetings. Both meetings will be held at:

WSDOT Northwest Region Headquarters
15700 Dayton Avenue North
Shoreline, WA

  • The first meeting starts at 3:00 PM, June 17, 2014, in the Cafeteria Conference Room 
  • The second meeting starts at 9:00 AM, June 19, 2014, in Conference Room 2A

Due to capacity limits on each room please attend only one meeting.
Consultants interested in this project are welcome to suggest questions for the project team to answer during the public meetings.

Please send the questions to Meg Blau, by no later than 3:00 PM PST, June 16, 2014.

The SR 509 GEC team will support the SR 509 project, based on legislative funding. While the initial work will be small and the timing of future funds uncertain, WSDOT desires to retain a GEC to support delivery of SR 509 through final construction, currently anticipated to occur in 2021. The amount of GEC effort will vary over time but WSDOT wants long-term support and the continuity of project knowledge.

Work performed through this agreement may eventually include part or all work necessary from project scoping to construction close-out in areas such as: funding strategies, project delivery, organization strategy development and implementation, project management, environmental vision and strategy development and implementation, corridor preliminary design, surveying, tolling analysis, design support during construction, design-build RFP development, technical and management staff support, and other services as needed for the SR 509 Phase 1 corridor project.

In addition, the GEC will assist the State in coordinating with many different groups. A critical function of the GEC will be the development of delivery strategies for implementing the SR 509 Corridor Project. These strategies will evolve into plans that will be implemented collaboratively by the State and GEC.

Note: The following contracting “firewalls” apply to this project, and have been developed to prevent conflict of interest and retain a level playing field for future prospective Design-Build bidders.

1. General Engineering Consultants (GEC) cannot participate in Design Build (D-B) contracts for SR 509.

2. GEC subs may participate in D-B contracts where they can demonstrate they do not have a conflict of interest or unfair project knowledge. The burden of proof will be on the GEC sub to demonstrate that participating in D-B contracts will not create any conflict of interest or unfair project knowledge situations.

3. Parent and subsidiary companies participating in GEC Joint Ventures (JV) are precluded from DB contracts on SR 509.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to: Meg Blau, 206-440-4685,

If you do not have Internet access, please call 360-705-7104 to obtain a hard copy of the advertisement.

Dates of publication in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: Thursday, June 5, 2014 and Thursday, June 12, 2014.