Progressive Design-Build RFP Announcement

MDTA invites proposals for the rebuilding of the Francis Scott Key Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today released its Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting design-build teams to submit proposals for rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge and reconnecting the I-695 Baltimore Beltway. The MDTA is seeking proposals from qualified teams that advance the project’s goals of collaboration, schedule, safety, quality, cost and aesthetics. Interested bidders can access the RFP at eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA).

“Today marks a significant milestone in our efforts to rebuild the Key Bridge and make the Baltimore area whole again,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “MDOT will continue to work closely with our local, state and federal partners as well as local communities to replace the Key Bridge as quickly and safely as possible.”

 “The rebuilding of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is a massive effort. We need as many partners as possible pulling in one direction to help us accomplish our goals of reconnecting communities, getting Marylanders where they need to go and supporting commerce and the movement of goods throughout our region,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce Gartner. 

 For this critical project, the MDTA is using a Progressive Design-Build process that brings on board a project designer and builder to work side-by-side, resulting in greater efficiencies. The MDTA is looking to foster collaboration among the project team, local communities and stakeholders, ensuring open communication and inclusive partnership opportunities, particularly for small and disadvantaged businesses. The project scope of work and accelerated timeline will require a substantial amount of skilled labor to complete the construction expeditiously, safely and reliably. 

 ​Key Bridge Rebuild Milestone Dates: 

  • Proposals Due: Monday, June 24, 2024
  • Project Team Selection: Mid-to-late Summer 2024 
  • Project Completion: Fall 2028  

The two-phase Progressive Design-Build (PDB) process emphasizes collaboration and flexibility to adapt to emerging needs and changes. The process involves a single contract that unites MDTA with the selected PDB team, which includes contractor and designer roles. This procurement will select a qualified team for initial services to develop the project scope and requirements in collaboration with MDTA and project stakeholders. Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the PDB entity will have exclusive negotiating rights for Phase 2, which includes project final design/engineering and construction. In the event a guaranteed maximum price is not agreed upon, the MDTA will deliver the work under a separate contracting mechanism.  

The MDTA hosted a virtual industry forum for the rebuilding of the Key Bridge on May 7. More than 1,700 contractors, consultants and subcontractors from across the world registered for the event. On Tuesday, June 11, the MDTA will host a virtual update for local communities, motorists and other stakeholders. 

For more details on the rebuild efforts, to register for the June 11 Virtual Community Update, or to access the video and Q&A from the May 7 industry forum visit

RFP Announcement Press Release

May 31, 2024


Key Bridge Rebuild Virtual Industry Forum

The MDTA is working to quickly assemble the best team possible to rebuild the Key Bridge. 

The forum included a presentation from MDTA and staff was available to answer questions about the Progressive Design–Build (PDB) project delivery method, procurement process, and DBE opportunities and certification.

All forum materials, including questions and answers, were posted to the website following the virtual event. Questions were limited to the upcoming procurement opportunity only.

Purpose of the Key Bridge Rebuild Virtual Industry Forum:

  1. To inform industry professionals and discuss the anticipated Progressive Design-Build (PDB) procurement and subsequent delivery of the Key Bridge Rebuild.
  2. To inform MBE, DBE, WBE, VSBE and small businesses that are interested in obtaining their MD DBE certification about available partnering opportunities.
  3. To collect input from the industry to inform the upcoming PDB Request for Proposals (RFP).

We discussed:

  • general background information related to the project and initiatives that are underway,
  • project delivery method (Progressive Design-Build),
  • procurement process and anticipated schedule, and
  • DBE opportunities and how to get certified.

The Virtual Industry Forum was recorded and posted to this website along with a summary of questions received and responses.

Participating in this Virtual Industry Forum is not a pre-requisite to participating in a future procurement process. Participants will not have any preference, special designation, advantage or disadvantage whatsoever in any subsequent procurement process to the project.

Individuals who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or who require translation services (free of charge) may contact the MDTA’s Title VI Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 410-537-5660 (711 for Maryland Relay) by 5 pm on Monday, May 6, 2024.

Forum Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

MDTA is continuing to answer questions and will be updating the FAQs daily. Please check back frequently.

Updated 5/21/24

Doing Business with the MDTA

Interested in working with the MDTA? You can find valuable information on where to find contracts using eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), resources and assistance through the MDTA Division of Civil Rights and Fair Practices (CRFP), MBE Certification Information and the Certified MBE Directory, and contact information for Minority and Women-owned businesses by visiting our Business page.

Get Certified Now!

Small, minority-, veteran- and women-owned businesses especially DBE businesses are strongly encouraged to obtain their MDOT certifications now or verify that their MDOT certifications and work codes are up to date. The Key Bridge Rebuild will require the utilization of Maryland certified DBE firms to meet its DBE goal(s).

For more information regarding MDOT DBE certifications, visit MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE Certification - MDOT ( and  the Governor’s Office – Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs.

For information on how to submit an application and application assistance, contact MDOT’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) with questions:.

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