Mission Critical assisted the Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company pursuit team on the $18.85M I-70 Edwards Spur Road Phase II CMGC project for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Mission Critical worked with Ralph L. Wadsworth (RLW) to pursue this two-stage Colorado civil infrastructure alternative delivery project and ultimately placed the team on the shortlist amid a competitive field of submitters. The awarded Phase II project will include road and bridge widening to add a travel lane in each direction, 1-2 pedestrian bridges, installation of a roundabout at a significant intersection and pedestrian mobility improvements to increase safety.
Running east to west across the state through Denver, Interstate 70 (I-70) serves as the primary transportation corridor through Eagle County and much of Colorado. US Highway 6 (US 6) near Edwards, CO is a primary connector running parallel to I-70 from Dotsero to Dowd Canyon. The intersection of US 6 and I-70 experiences heavy congestion during both the morning and evening rush hours; this traffic is forecasted to worsen in the coming years. This busy intersection already has higher than average accident rates that will be exacerbated by increased traffic. The current traffic projections indicate that the existing intersection configuration will fail within approximately 10 years, therefore Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have determined that this section of roadway requires improvements to guard against that forecasted failure.
The design effort will follow CDOT’s “I-70 Mountain Corridor Context Sensitive Solutions” process, which incorporates public outreach and open houses to solicit input. Phase I of the Edwards Spur Road improvements, constructed in 2011, improved the northern half of Spur Road, which includes the construction of four new roundabouts as well as improved connections with the I-70 on and off-ramps. This procurement is for Phase II of this project which aims to improve the southern half of Spur Road, starting north of the roadway bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) where the Phase I work was completed.
RLW assembled a young, knowledgeable team of experts to pursue this alternative delivery civil infrastructure project with Mission Critical as their Pursuit Manager. Together, the Mission Critical / RLW team developed an excellent Statement of Qualifications outlining RLW’s strengths as a CMGC partner for CDOT and their innovative approaches to meeting project goals on this highway improvements project through the center of a busy mixed-use hub.
The perceived youth of RLW’s project team was a challenge that had to be overcome to shortlist. Mission Critical understood the problem associated with this impression and worked closely with the RLW team to lay a strong foundation in the Statement of Qualifications—making it impossible to deny the team’s expertise.
Mission Critical worked alongside RLW, joining site walks and visiting the impacted neighborhoods to gain a deeper understanding of the project environment. We engaged stakeholders through discussions with residents and local business owners to better understand their concerns. The Mission Critical team walked the entire corridor to speak with local business owners to gain perspective on their impressions of past projects and to understand and document their access needs.
This on-the-ground approach to project development gave the RLW team insights which we then translated into a set of best-solution alternatives. These alternatives allowed CDOT the opportunity to evaluate and select the options that best fit their goals.
The alternatives not only included phasing, traffic control, and construction, but also accounted for potential environmental complications within the project. The construction would include a structure over a protected river, so work approaches had to eliminate debris and any possible contaminants. Furthermore, the river was a recreational hub for the community, often filled with kayakers. The human element of this environmental impact also presented safety, timing, and phasing concerns that the RLW team had to mitigate and communicate in their proposal.
The level of detail in the comprehensive approach earned RLW a shortlist position in the first-stage Statement of Qualifications. After the shortlist notification, Mission Critical worked intensively with the RLW team to prepare for the interview stage.
The Mission Critical team’s ability to be onsite and seamlessly integrate with the proposing client team was vital to getting RLW to the shortlist. Weekly focus groups included the RLW pursuit team, Mission Critical writing and design team members, and various local and regional subject matter experts including PR Studio, Inc. and Pinyon Environmental, Inc. Through iterative reviews, Mission Critical’s writing staff developed the details of the team’s technical and delivery approaches into straightforward, scorable content. As a result, we fully incorporated the team’s ideas, innovations, betterments, and best practices into a succinct proposal that met strict and narrow page limits.