$1B Arkansas bridge corridor estimate busts $535M budget

Being able to work out the complete cost and scope of a project and identify potential overruns in advance are some of the advantages of the design-build project-delivery method. In addition, the owner or owner’s representative — in this case the Arkansas DOT — has one point of contact instead of having to deal with the contractor and engineers separately. By collaborating early in the process, the design-build method should reduce potential design conflicts, change orders and misunderstandings. Because many potential problems are worked out before construction begins, design-build can also shorten a project’s schedule.

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