Press Release -- March 21, 2007
Apparent Winning Bidder Announced For I-95 Fifth Lane Widening

$50 Million Project Award is Largest in DelDOT History

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has named R.E. Pierson Construction Company as the apparent winning bidder for the I-95 Fifth Lane Expansion project. The New Jersey-based firm cast a bid of $50,926,965.96. Pierson also presented a schedule of 544 calendar days for the completion of the massive project. Construction is set to begin in the summer of this year.

The bid price was the largest total ever accepted by DelDOT for a single road construction project. Other roadwork - like the Route 1 corridor between Dover and the C & D Canal - has cost more, but multiple construction contracts were awarded in those cases.

Identified by DelDOT as a high priority, this project will create a fifth travel lane where the current shoulder exists. A new shoulder area will also be built. Work will stretch for approximately four miles along both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-95.

* The Northbound project limits are: - the 5th lane will run from the on ramp of Route 1 near the Christiana Mall thru the Churchman's Marsh, thru the Route 141 interchange and end just south of the I-495 ramp overpass.

* The Southbound project limits are: - Additional lane from the Route 141 Interchange SB ramp to just south of the new Churchman's Road Bridge over I-95.

In an effort to minimize the impact to the traveling public, this project was advertised as an "A & B Bid Process". Prospective bidders were instructed to submit both a bid cost total as well as a scheduled calendar day length for completion of the project. Both the bid amount and the length of the contract were equated together to determine the best bid price within the shortest period of time. Other prospective bids for this work ranged from 858 to over 1,000 days for completion.

This project is part of a multi-year improvement program for Delaware's I-95 corridor. Future improvements include new exit and entrance ramps at the Route 1 & I-95 Interchange, and the reconstruction of the Newark Toll Plaza incorporating highway speed E-ZPass lanes.

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