Charlottesville looking at different delivery method for Dairy Road bridge project
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville is getting ready to replace a bridge over the Route 250 Bypass and the city has selected a different method for the project.
According to a release, the work on the Dairy Road bridge is expected to begin in July.
As part of such a project, the city has to select a delivery method, this time considering the potential impacts of crossing such a busy road.
The traditional approach is called design-bid-build, or DBB, and requires getting separate contracts with a designer and a contractor.
The city says this can result in conflicts, communication issues and cost increases for projects.
Instead, the Charlottesville Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division has selected a design-build, or DB, method.
The release says this means the designer and builder will be on the same team from the beginning of the project, allowing for better communication, shorter construction time, fewer traffic delays and lower costs.
The city says this will be its first-ever DB project and it hopes this will result in a more efficient project delivery.
Construction on the Dairy Road bridge is expected to be completed by December 2024.