COLUMBUS — Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan on Tuesday testified before the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee on substitute House Bill 74, which increases force account limits from $150,000 per mile for road work and $300,000 per mile for bridges.
“For many years, state law has recognized that certain projects can be done more efficiently and effectively without resorting to competitive bidding. In order to accomplish this policy goal, projects with estimated costs below certain thresholds are exempt from competitive bidding,” Noonan said in his testimony. “For counties, these thresholds, or force account limits, are $30,000 per mile for road work and $100,000 per mile for bridges. Unfortunately, these limits were established in 2003 and have not been adjusted since, despite significant increases in construction inflation.”