Kimley-Horn leads the group of six engineering firms invited to submit technical proposals to the Central Florida Expressway Authority to conduct feasibility studies on four future toll roads in Osceola County.
CFX approved a 3-way interlocal agreement with Osceola County and the Osceola County Expressway Authority to take over the construction and operation of all future toll roads in the county, and to eventually acquire the Poinciana Parkway, which opened its second phase on Friday.
The agency has 18 months to select the consulting firms and complete the analysis, which involves conducting traffic studies, corridor analysis and even determining "fatal flaws" for each toll road in the 2040 Master Plan.
In order of priority, the roads are: Osceola Parkway Extension, Poinciana Parkway extension to I-4, the Northeast Connector and Southport Connector.
If a project is deemed "viable," CFX management would be required to include the project in the agency's next five-year capital budget, also known as the five-year work program. If the agency fails to do so, or doesn't proceed with an approved road project, Osceola County could terminate the contract.
Eleven firms responded to the agency's request for letters of interest. Kimley-Horn, which has conducted Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) and alignment/feasibility studies on two of the corridors, did not receive a single first-place vote from members of the selection committee, but the firm's cumulative ranking was by far the highest.
CH2M Hill earned the second-highest score. Two firms tied for third place: Inwood Consulting Engineers and WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff. Inwood, which conducted the PD&E study for Poinciana Parkway and Southport Connector, earned a first place score from OCX Executive Director Jeff Jones.
Technical proposals are due Dec. 5. The selection committee will hear oral presentations on Dec. 20 and is expected to make a recommendation to the CFX board in January.
The agency could select more than one firm by awarding each corridor study as a separate contract.