Richland County is laying the groundwork for road improvement projects funded by the penny sales tax to begin as early as next summer.
The County is seeking to hire project managers and engineers to help oversee and design the County Penny Sales Tax Transportation Program which includes $769 million in projects across Richland County over the next 22 years. A request for the project managers – or a program development team – was released Nov. 7 and team proposals are due Dec. 2. In addition, the County also is expected to release a separate request for proposals for on-call engineering teams Nov. 21. Those team proposals will be due Dec. 16.
County officials anticipate having the project managers and engineers in place early next year so that some dirt road paving, resurfacing and other enhancement projects may begin by next summer.
“This request for proposals for a Program Development Team is really the first major step to emplace the necessary infrastructure to deliver this program,” said Rob Perry, the County’s transportation director. “We are excited about this milestone and look forward to using this Transportation Program to improve our congested road network in Richland County, construct enhancements throughout the County for our citizens to enjoy and grow local businesses at every step of the way.”
The Penny Sales Tax Transportation Program includes a wide range of projects that includes: road widenings, intersection improvements, new location roads, an interstate interchange, neighborhood improvement projects, greenways, sidewalks, bikeways, resurfacing and dirt road paving. For more information of specific projects, visit the Transportation Penny website.
Sealed Proposals for Furnishing a Program Development Team (PDT) to assist Richland County staff in the oversight and management of capital programs as directed by the County Administrator or his designee are subject to all the conditions, etc., set forth herein. Proposals shall be received in the Richland County Administration Office, Room 4069, until 3 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 2. Proposals will be publicly opened and read during the Transportation Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting.