CAPE CHARLES, VA – At a special called meeting on August 6, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission selected a team led by Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. to serve as the Design Manager for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project (the Project) that is currently under development. The Jacobs Team includes major partners COWI and HNTB as well as a commitment to small businesses including Capital Project Strategies, Solstice Environmental, LLC from Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, Crofton Diving Corporation from Portsmouth, and Walter C. Grantz, a world-renowned tunnel expert from Virginia Beach.

The Jacobs Team was chosen through a competitive proposal process. The required services include (i) completion of the project design to the level necessary to support a Design-Build (DB) procurement, (ii) providing a procurement plan and documents necessary to solicit for a DB team using a two-step RFQ/RFP best value procurement process, and (iii) providing support to the CBBT in reviewing technical requirements of the DB proposals.

The Project will add an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel to expand the capacity and improve the safety for travelers who utilize the CBBT and to protect the economic competitiveness and livability of the region through enhanced resiliency as the CBBT serves as the sole connection between the Delmarva Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area.

The Project timeline includes completion of an Environmental Assessment, preliminary design work, traffic and revenue studies and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) document preparation during the rest of 2014 and 2015. A formal RFP for a Design-Build Contractor is expected by the second half of 2015 with final award scheduled for the summer of 2016.

More information about the Project is available on the Project webpage by clicking here.