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Innovative Project Delivery

The Illinois Department of Transportation (the “Department” or “IDOT”) continually seeks innovative solutions to meet the growing transportation needs of Illinois. The Bureau of Innovative Project Delivery (“IPD Bureau”) was established in 2016 to identify, evaluate, and develop projects that may benefit from innovative approaches, including the use of various forms of project delivery allowable under law including:

The Department’s mission is to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for our environment, guided by the principles of safety, integrity, responsiveness, quality, and innovation. These business objectives are an integral part of the Department’s and the IPD Bureau’s planning processes. When implemented, the business objectives noted below will assist the IPD Bureau in the development and delivery of the IPD Program and help the Department deliver transportation infrastructure projects and services utilizing innovative methods as compared to the traditional design-bid-build program. The IPD Bureau’s program development will be guided by the following:

Vision: The IPD Program will enable the State of Illinois (the “State”) to be a national leader in the use of innovative project delivery and will facilitate partnerships with private industry and local communities to meet the transportation infrastructure needs of the State in an efficient, cost-effective manner. The IPD Bureau will also aggressively pursue creative and innovative project delivery, asset management, and financing alternatives not otherwise available to the State in an effort to quickly deliver transportation infrastructure options that improve mobility and communicate openly with stakeholders.

Mission: The IPD Bureau will be the trusted advisor to the Department’s decision-makers on all matters related to innovative project delivery and the IPD Program and will assist the Department in delivering successful projects through innovative methods in order to provide the best value to the State.

The utilization of innovative project delivery methods can achieve some or all of the following:

  • More choices in funding, including the use of user fees, value capture, and other project revenues.
  • More choices in financing, including the use of private debt that is non-recourse to the State.
  • Access to federal financial resources intended to support innovative projects.
  • Accelerated project delivery.
  • Greater and/or earlier cost certainty and cost efficiency.
  • Improved life cycle costs, quality, and accountability.
  • DBE outreach and awareness
  • Enhanced asset management throughout the asset life.
  • Innovative traffic management, reducing congestion and improving mobility.
  • Minimizing impacts to environment and adjacent communities.

Bridge Bundling

IDOT is evaluating the feasibility of bundling focused on bridge and culvert replacements. It is anticipated that a bridge and culvert bundling effort may help the department complete more projects in less time at lower costs, leverage increased revenues to deliver additional projects beyond the bundling effort, and create new, innovative opportunities for DBE engagement and growth.

Results from the project will assist IDOT with understanding the benefits and considerations of establishing a bundling demonstration project and ongoing program. Such a demonstration may include any number of state structures procured in one or more bundle(s) delivery in 2-3 years. The feasibility analysis underway is being conducted in two phases, qualitative and quantitative. The project is currently in the quantitative analysis phase to identify potential structures to bundle and recommend the optimal delivery approach. For a printable fact sheet on the program click here.  

For questions regarding the Bridge Bundling Feasibility Analysis Program, email DOT.InnovativeProjectDelivery@Illinois.gov.

As part of the quantitative analysis, the program team heard from industry on the feasibility of bridge bundling.  See below for additional information.


The IDOT program team hosted two webinars to provide an overview of bridge bundling and hear from industry stakeholders on any questions and feedback. These webinars included one industry webinar and one DBE-focused webinar. DBEs  were welcome to participate in both webinars. As the State of Illinois explores the potential for bridge bundling, particular emphasis is being placed on the potential of a bundling program to support robust DBE participation – the DBE-specific webinar presented the same overview information, with  a facilitated discussion focused on the unique opportunities and perspectives of the DBE community.

IDOT Bridge Bundling Webinar Invite

Industry Bundling Webinar on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM

Bridge Bundling Webinar Presentation

Webinar Questions and Answers

Bridge Bundling Webinar video

DBE Bundling Webinar on Wednesday, September 08, 2021 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM


Questions and Answers

Webinar video


2021 ACEC - Illinois Fall Conference, Bridge Bundling Presentation. The presentation included results from industry and DBE engagement conducted in August and September 2021

2022 Summit to Success Event

2022 Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward Conference