DBIA's team of advocacy professionals are working in many states including Minnesota, South Carolina, New Mexico and Iowa, but the following is a list of some of the most recent developments this year.
Design-build authority for the Texas DOT expires August 31 unless the legislature repeals or extends the sunset. There are several design-build bills that have been introduced including one that would eliminate the sunset (SB 1294) and one that would require the DOT to designate up tp 10 design-build projects annually (SB 1606). SB 1294 would eliminate the sunset, but TxDOT is currently only allowed to use design-build on projects greater than $50 million, and SB 1294 it would increase the threshold to $250 million.
DBIA worked with coalition partners, particularly the NYC DOT, to expand design-build authority
for another two years. New York State first approved design-build authority in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts since then, including one for the multi-billion dollar Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.
- Passage of SB 785 culminates the longtime industry effort to standardize design-build laws in California, and it is the eighth bill passed in California in the past year expanding design-build authority. SB 785 streamlines California design-build laws and provides clarity and increased opportunity for project owners and practitioners.