ADOT shortlists three for freeway P3

The $1.9bn South Mountain Freeway P3 will be the first highway project procured under Arizona's Public-Private Partnership statute.  

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) on Thursday announced the shortlisting of three consortia still under consideration for delivering the $1.9 billion Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway public-private partnership (PPP; P3) project.

The selected consortia are Connect 202 Partners, comprised of 14 partners led by the Fluor, Granite and Ames construction firms along with DBi Services; South Mountain Development Group, comprised of 19 partners led by Kiewit Development, Kiewit Infrastructure West, Sundt Construction and Parsons Corporation; and South Mountain Mobility Group, which has 34 partners listed, including AECOM Infrastructure.

The P3 megaproject was initiated by an unsolicited proposal by the South Mountain Development Group in 2013, and $1.8 billion in public funding for the project will be provided through a combination of Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) revenues, Regional Area Road Fund (RARF) revenues and federal funds dedicated to the Maricopa County region and ADOT, according to a previous ADOT statement. 

The contract will call for the design, construction, and 30-year maintenance of the last section of the Loop 202 Freeway. The loop will stretch 22 miles from the Maricopa Freeway segment to the the Papago Freeway segment of Interstate 10.

“This project has been a critical part of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Freeway Program since it was first included in funding through Proposition 300 approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985. The freeway is also part of the Regional Transportation Plan passed by Maricopa County voters in 2004 through Proposition 400”, said the release.

ADOT received five statements of qualifications for the project in December and a record of Decision was released last week from the Federal Highway Administration. The final Request for Proposals is expected to be released in late spring. ADOT plans to award the project at the end of 2015, with construction scheduled to begin next year.

The segment will open to traffic by late 2019 or early 2020, according to the ADOT website.