Washington State received a grade of “C” on its infrastructure report card in 2013—the most recent report.
In the analysis, experts in the Seattle section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) examined nine categories of infrastructure—aviation, bridges, dams, solid and hazardous waste, drinking water, rail, roads, schools and transit.
While Washington has many types of infrastructure and many great facilities across the state, a lack of planned and guaranteed funding and inadequate maintenance are reported across all nine categories,2013 Report Card for Washington’s Infrastructure, ASCE
Puget Sound Voters Approved Sound Transit Expansion
In November 2016, voters in the region approved the Sound Transit 3 initiative, which unlocks funding set to expand the region’s light rail system with an additional 116 miles of track. It will stretch from Everett to Tacoma with stops in Seattle neighborhoods. The project plan is to expand the Rapid Transit bus service while creating other commuter lots. The entire project is projected to cost $54 billion, although it is contingent on federal funding.
And by the time it’s fully built out, estimated to be in 2039, many parts of the railway system will need—and already will have had—maintenance and repairs done.
Since the ASCE report was released, the City of Seattle and King County together have increased contracts, solicitations and awards for construction services by 77%. Seattle alone increased its contracting by 64%.
Seattle and King County have continued to increase their bids and requests for proposals for construction services in the last five years. In 2015, they issued 549 bids and RFPs, 545 in 2016, and 431 in the first half of 2017 (Jan-June). Further, Seattle and King County have also increased the number of construction contracts awarded. Combined, they awarded 584 contracts in 2015, 664 in 2016 and 793 in the first half of this year (Jan-June).
Nearly 400 Bridges in Washington State Considered Structurally Deficient
Seattle and King County awarded 276 contracts for maintenance and renovation, as well as 128 solicitations for care for its parks and their infrastructure, between May 2016 and May 2017. Most awards of the contracts were valued at less than $100,000.
Further, even though Washington has a relatively low number of structurally deficient bridges among all states, ASCE engineers determined many structures cannot meet current traffic demands or fail to meet current design standards. The report card notes that 392 of 8,178 bridges in the state are classified as functionally obsolete.
To solve this issue, Seattle and other local agencies in the Puget Sound are issuing solicitations to make sure bridges are in good working order for generations to come. Here are a few examples of recent solicitations to do this work, sourced from Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System:
Pilot Program to Test Remote Moveable Bridge Operations
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is seeking consultant services for designing a pilot program to test the remote operations of Seattle’s moveable bridges. SDOT estimates the contract value to be $425,000.
City of Tukwila Seeks Bridge Seismic Upgrades and Maintenance
The City of Tukwila issued a solicitation in June 2016 for bridge maintenance. City officials are seeking vendors for seismic upgrades, work platform and containment systems, expansion joint systems, epoxy sealing, painting, polyester concrete overlay and temporary traffic contracts.
It is important for companies pursuing infrastructure-related business with the public sector to recognize that when contractors finish constructing projects, such as roads, bridges and rapid transit, the projects are never fully finished. For the vast majority of these structures, agencies will issue lucrative operations and maintenance related bidding opportunities, providing a steady source of work for your business. This means that companies that primarily work on new construction contracts, as well as those seeking maintenance contracts, can find government opportunities that may be a good fit.
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