- Associated Press - Monday, December 9, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada transportation officials are raising the price tag for renovating a key Reno freeway interchange by nearly 50% and are giving up $95 million in federal funding to accept an unsolicited single-source bid.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports the Nevada Department of Transportation is asking the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County to let it amend plans for the busy web of roads connecting Interstate 80 with U.S. Highway 395 and Interstate 580.

Transportation officials say the revision will increase project costs from $150 million to $223 million and would replace lost federal money with state funds.

RTC Washoe is a $30 million partner in the project to improve freeways around the so-called Spaghetti Bowl that the newspaper has found to be among the most dangerous in Nevada. The commission is accepting public comments about the proposal until Dec. 19.

The Gazette-Journal reports that planners dropped a “design-build approach described as a way to reduce costs by blending project planning and construction, and accepted a bid from Ames Construction and Q&D; Construction.

Officials told the newspaper in August the change was necessary because other bids came in over-budget by as much as $80 million or didn’t meet project requirements.

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