The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that it has postponed the announcement of its “short list” of design-build candidates for Kentucky’s new estimated $1.3 billion downtown bridge that was previously scheduled for yesterday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that it has postponed the announcement of its “short list” of design-build candidates for Kentucky’s new estimated $1.3 billion downtown bridge that was previously scheduled for yesterday.  The Cabinet cited the failure of the state legislature to pass HB 266, known as the Transportation Budget Bill.  On Thursday, April 12, the legislature concluded its final day of the 2012 regular session without passing HB 266.  Both the House and Senate did pass the requisite components of the “Six Year Plan” (the bill addressing the priority of highway projects in the coming years) in the waning hours of the final session day on April 12, but the legislation has yet to be signed by Gov. Steve Beshear.  On Friday, April 13, Beshear called the legislature into a special session to address the Transportation Budget Bill and another piece of unrelated legislation.  Statements of Qualifications had been submitted by five design-build teams on Monday, April 2, 2012.  The Cabinet had planned to narrow the field to a “short list” of three by April 16.