REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Columbus Street Rail Crossing Alternative Feasibility Study

The City of Ottawa requests qualifications from qualified firms to provide planning services.   

Qualifications will be accepted until 2:00 PM local time, Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  Qualifications received after that date and time will not be opened or considered.  Qualifications will be reviewed by the City of Ottawa evaluation team.  Provide four (3) copies and an electronic version of the required information, in sealed envelope identified on the outside with: 

 Columbus Street Rail Crossing Alternative Feasibility Study- Planning Services RFP 

 PURPOSE The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to seek qualifications from firms for planning and evaluating alternatives to decrease traffic backups at the Columbus Street (IL Rt 23) and Champlain Street grade crossing with the Illinois Railway (Omnitrax) in Ottawa, Illinois.  The designated firm will develop conceptual designs, layouts, renderings and cost estimates. 

 This study has a $75,000 budget and is partially funded through an IDOT SPR Planning Grant.  The study must be completed by January of 2020 and all invoices submitted and paid to adhere to the requirements of the grant which has an ending date of February 28, 2020.

 BACKGROUND: The Illinois Railway owns and operates a rail switchyard between Columbus and Champlain Streets in Ottawa.  The switching activities, in addition to through trains, causes significant and frequent backups and delays on Columbus and Champlain Streets.  Often emergency vehicles have difficulty responding due to blockages.  For decades, the City has endured these delays and now looks for alternatives to solve this problem.  A cursory look has shown grade separations to appear very costly and reveals significant impacts to traffic with closing of side streets including a local elementary school access street.  Other alternatives such as relocating the switchyard, changing rail traffic patterns and others may cost significantly less but may also be difficult to fund.  This study should look at multiple varied options and be performed and presented following appropriate governmental agency guidelines in such a way as to lead to the next appropriate step in project development and funding.
RFQ Packet