California readies first PPP for procurement

The replacement of San Francisco's Doyle Drive, previously estimated to cost $954m, would be the first public-private partnership to be procured under the state’s 2009 PPP law, which gave California broad authority to pursue PPPs without limit to location or number.

Nearly a year after enacting comprehensive legislation allowing public-private partnerships, the State of California is preparing to begin a procurement process for its first project under the law, the Doyle Drive project in San Francisco.

Doyle Drive: moving closer
to procurement

The state’s Department of Transportation has issued a notice of intent to issue a request for qualifications for the project on February 1, meaning that interested investors and developers could soon be asked to express their interest in the public-private partnership to rebuild portions the access road to the south end of the Golden Gate bridge.

The road, already 73 years old, is near the end of its useful life and vulnerable to earthquakes, according to a consultant’s report for the project issued 19 January. The state would like to find a private sector partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an upgraded version of Doyle Drive, which will then be re-named Presidio Parkway.

The total cost of the project has previously been estimated at $954 million, according to the report.

Statements of qualifications for the project are tentatively scheduled to be due by 1 March and qualified bidders are scheduled to be announced on 18 March, according to the notice of intent.