Runner Introduces His Transportation Bill Package
Senator Runner will Author Transportation Legislation Geared to Building Roads Quicker
Senate Bill 705 is a part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s GoCalifornia transportation package. It allows Cal-Trans to utilize the design-build process when procuring new transportation projects. Under design-build, a single contractor is selected to complete both the project design and construction under one agreement, thus streamlining the process.
“Design-build will streamline the process and allow for the timely construction and delivery of transportation projects,” Runner said. “Our commuters deserve congestion relief sooner rather than later.”
Currently, Cal-Trans employs the time-consuming design-bid-build process, whereby Cal-Trans engineers design a project and then award a construction contract to a private bidder. This results in unnecessary delays and cost overruns, as the designer and builder lack a “team” atmosphere and are often in disagreement over various aspects of the project.
Senate Bill 561 authorizes Cal-Trans to engage in public/private partnerships for the construction of new toll roads. These contractual agreements will allow private firms to finance the construction and maintenance of new roads and charge drivers a toll to recoup their investment.
“At a time when the state’s investment in highways is slowly waning, we must look outside the box to address