Arizona DOT wants PPP for new headquarters

The Arizona Department of Transportation has made an initial push to construct an office via a public-private partnership. The department is open to private sector feedback through June.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is considering using a public-private partnership (PPP) to construct a brand new home base.

The department, headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona, is bent on relocating its current office to free up city property for “transportation redevelopment,” according to ADOT.

The department went on to state that a PPP would “enable a more synergistic approach than through traditional procurement” allowing ADOT and the city to “partner […] to achieve higher impact redevelopment […] and derive maximum value”.

The department is soliciting private sector input until June 6, ADOT said.

Arizona has recently undergone a legislative effort to reinvigorate private investment in public infrastructure – especially its surface transportation. State Representative Karen Fann sponsored a bill to privatise road construction and introduce tolling to Arizona.

Arizona has had pro-PPP legislation in effect since 2009, but Fann wanted to establish a broader programme for toll road construction.