KYTC rejects $10.5 million in single bid offers from highway industry

Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet has published their October 9 bid letting results for highway construction projects. There were twenty single bids from Kentucky’s highway contractors in play. Eleven single bid contracts were awarded for bids below the cabinet engineer’s estimates. Six single bid proposals exceeding the cabinet’s estimates were rejected. Three single bid contracts were awarded to…

BIPPS Analysis: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet shows progress on single-bid road contracts

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) rejected twelve single-bid offers put forth by the highway industry during the September construction letting. The rejected bids totaled $3.86 million and would have exceeded the state engineer’s estimates by $406,126. While the progress is positive, KYTC also awarded five single-bid contracts with bids that exceeded the cabinet engineer’s estimates. Those…

UPDATED: List of KYTC single-bid contracts by contractor

We reported earlier this week our findings of single-bid contracts awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet from October 2019 to April 2020. The single-bid awards over the six-month period totaled $186,880,616. Eighteen companies were awarded a total of sixty-four single-bid contracts. Ten companies secured multiple single-bid awards. Eight companies secured one single-bid contract each. Mountain…

BIPPS Analysis: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186.9 million in single bid contracts over six-month period

In a letter to the interim State Government Committee, the Bluegrass Institute shared the findings of an analysis that from October 2019 to April 2020 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded $186,880,616 in single-bid construction and maintenance contracts. Sixty-four single-bid contracts were awarded over the six month period. Eighteen contractors were awarded projects in forty-six counties through…

Historic unemployment, struggling families won’t deter the higher gas-tax crowd

There’s an obscure statute in Kentucky law that requires a special legislative session if spending reductions required to balance the budget exceed ten percent. Despite meeting this threshold, Spectrum News reported yesterday the Governor and General Assembly have agreed a special session won’t be necessary to resolve the gap between revenues and expenditures in Kentucky’s…

Even Democrat Polling Firm Finds Strong Support for School Choice

Wow! The American Federation for Children recently hired Beck Research, which they identify as a Democratic polling firm, to survey the public about school choice. And, the results strongly show Americans like school choice. Some highlights from the press release: 63% of Likely 2018 Voters Support School Choice, including 41% who strongly support it. 72%…

Call to Action: P3 bill may not have tolls, but taxpayers need more protection

While opponents of cronyism succeeded in preventing tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Kentucky with Ohio and carries Interstates 75 and 71 across the Ohio River from being included in so-called “public-private partnership” legislation passed by both the state House and Senate, there’s still plenty to dislike about House Bill 309. By including…

Bluegrass Beacon: Send proposed public-private legislation down the road

Public-private partnerships usually prove harmless to taxpayers on projects like expanding student housing at the University of Kentucky. However, “P3s” have been disastrous on numerous highway schemes where accurate traffic projections and accompanying estimates of toll revenue needed to pay for the roads are much-more difficult to come by than calculating how many students will…

OKI’s claim that Cincy Eastern Bypass would cost twice that of a new bridge: Wholly unsubstantiated, defies common sense

Opponents of any viable alternative to forcing taxpayers to fork over at least $5 billion to fund a new bridge across the Ohio River connecting Northern Kentucky with Cincinnati that would not address the region’s serious – and growing – congestion issues have turned to fear mongering the current state of the Brent Spence Bridge and…