North Highway 13 Corridor Study
Request for Qualifications
PURPOSE. Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) located in Greene County, Missouri requests submissions from firms interested in being selected to develop conceptual alternatives for the interchange of I-44 and MO 13 and its surroundings. OTO expects to select one firm for the development of this study. OTO receives federal, state, and local grant funding and other funding from local governmental entities.
BACKGROUND. Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the federally designated regional transportation planning organization that serves as a forum for cooperative transportation decision-making by state and local governments, and regional transportation and planning agencies. MPO’s are charged with maintaining and conducting a “continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive” regional transportation planning and project programming process for the MPO’s study area. The study area is defined as the area projected to become urbanized within the next 20 years.
OTO’s Board of Directors includes local elected and appointed officials from Christian and Greene Counties, and the cities of Battlefield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Springfield, Strafford and Willard. It also includes technical staffs from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration and members from public transportation providers and citizen representatives.
The existing diverging diamond interchange at I-44 and MO 13 was completed in June 2009. The current configuration was selected to facilitate the large volume of left-turning traffic onto I-44. In conjunction with the construction of the diverging diamond, changes were made at the intersection of Norton Rd, to the north, and Evergreen St and Golden Palace, to the south. Today, the traffic queue exiting WB I-44 extends into mainline I-44 traffic and traffic delays of up to 20 minutes are experienced by SB MO 13 drivers. The goal of this study to identify improvements to the existing interchange or identify alternative interchange designs.
Questions and OTO Responses
Date of Potential Interviews: August 25, 8am-noon
Expected Start Date: Mid to Late September 2021
Expected Duration: 9-12 months
Questions Received & Answered:
- Has a DBE goal been established or do you have any indication of the anticipated percentage? MoDOT has not established the DBE goal at this time. When it is finalized, it will be published here in the question-and-answer section.
- The online information states that the date for potential interviews is Wednesday, August 25. How many teams are anticipated to be shortlisted? Does OTO anticipate conducting interviews in-person or virtually? The OTO is anticipating on narrowing the final interview list down to 4 or fewer firms. This is dependent on the number of RFQ responses and qualifications. At this time both in-person or virtual interviews will be acceptable but may depend on the COVID-19 situation as we get closer to August 25.
- Task 1 describes monthly progress meetings. Is it anticipated that the core team of OTO, MoDOT, Springfield, and Greene County will be attending each of these meetings? At this time the monthly progress meetings will be with the OTO project managers outlined in the RFQ. The other organizations (MoDOT, City of Springfield, and Greene County) may have attendees at some of the meetings.
- Task 6 mentions that multiple improvement concepts have been previously evaluated for the I-44/MO-13 interchange. Can you share a high-level overview of some of the preliminary options that have been discussed? MoDOT is planning to provide the following design scenarios: Displaced Left, SPUI, Wider DDI, and Wider Diamond
- The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal is 0%
- The federal aid number will be STBG-9901(835)