NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A $56 million project to widen Interstate 40 in Wilson County is more notable than an average road construction project.
That's because it is the largest design-build project to date that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has bid out. Design-build is a type of contracting that allows a single firm to design a project and construct it. Typically, the state would competitively bid the design and construction work separately.
Supporters of design-bid contracts say projects get done quicker because construction can start before the design is complete. Critics say taxpayers can end up paying more for work because only a few large companies can compete for the work.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer told The Tennessean that the state will continue using design-build contracting because it means projects will get done quicker.
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