$715m Knik Arm Crossing RFP due by June

Shortlisted bidders should be on the receiving end of bidding documentation for the 2.7-mile bridge public-private partnership – in Anchorage, Alaska – before the first semester is out.

Expect Alaska's hotly anticipated Knik Arm Crossing to make significant progress in the first half of 2012, as the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) gears up to release a request for proposals (RFP) for the project , a KABATA spokeswoman told Infrastructure Investor.

While the spokeswoman would not pinpoint a specific date for releasing the RFP, she pointed out the authority anticipated a release by June.

The $715 million Knik Arm Crossing is a projected 35-year public-private partnership (PPP) that would involve building a tolled bridge to connect Anchorage to Port Mackenzie. A bridge would also provide a second route to Matanuska-Susitina Borough, characterised as a “fast-growing” region.

Last October, KABATA laid out a bidder shortlist for the project, including:

– Alaska Infrastructure Access Partners, teaming Infrared Capital Partners, Bouygues, Colaska, QAP Weeks Marine, URS Alaska Moffat & Nichol, USKH, R&M Consultants and Macquarie Capital;

– Cook Inlet Passage Partners, a consortium of Meridiam, Kiewit, Manson Construction Company, VMS, Transfield Services North America, Transportation Infrastructure, Parsons Transportation Group, Golder Associates, Dowl HKM Dan Brown and Associates, BMT Fleet Technologies and KPMG;

– North Star Mobility Group,  a partnership between Hochtief, ACS, Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, Flatiron Constructors, Dragados, HNTB Corporation, CH2M Hill Engineers, Alaska Interstate Construction, Arcadis, Kodiak Map, Hart Crowser Earth Mechanics, Bitttner-Shen, Denali Drilling and Gregg Drilling.

The October shortlist was revealed after legal wrangling between Anchorage and the Federal Highway Administration was resolved. The city had worried the construction work for the bridge would interfere with the “narrow corridor” to and from the Port Mackenzie.

KABATA agreed to adjust its project to prevent disrupting business at the port.