A letter from the Federal Highway Administration calls the selection process for the I-15 CORE project “fair and objective.”
The letter was received by the Governor’s office this week with. A copy was also sent to UDOT Director John Njord.
FHWA was a partner with UDOT before construction during the environmental process and Record of Decision. After the ROD was issued, a FHWA official acted as non-voting member during the procurement process.
UDOT was required by FHWA to conduct a competitive selection process.
UDOT Director John Njord
UDOT Director John Njord is visiting employee groups this week to talk about the I-15 CORE selection process and the decision to pay a monetary settlement to resolve a contract dispute.
The selection process and settlement has been the subject of recent media coverage associated with the Utah gubernatorial race.
Njord wanted to visit employees face to face in order to explain the situation and answer any questions posed by employees. His presentation on Wednesday included a narrative of the selection of Provo River Constructors as the contractor for I-15 CORE, a $1.1 billion contract, largest contract ever awarded by UDOT. He also explained in detail how he arrived at the decision to pay Flatiron/Skansa/Zachry $13 million to refrain from filing suit against UDOT for selecting the winning bidder. Presentations will be scheduled through Monday of next week or as needed.
After his explanation, Njord asked employees to ask any and all questions about the matter saying “there’s no question you can’t ask.” Employees asked a broad range of questions about the selection process, why decisions were made, and in hind sight, what would he have done differently. Some employees offered personal support and some agreed with Njord about the decision to pay money to FSZ.
UDOT has also posted information about this process online. For a timeline and look at documents associated with the I-15 CORE process visit the front page of the UDOT website to see links to that information.
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