Five answer ‘Illiana’ call

Procurement for the two-part, bi-state toll road project is in full swing, with Indiana expecting to conclude its RFQ campaign by the end of the week.

Illinois has heard from five bid teams in response to its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for ‘Illiana,’ a cross-state ‘mega-project’ to create a 47-mile toll road stretching into US Midwest neighbour Indiana.

Illinois and Indiana have partnered to jointly pursue Illiana, through each state separately procuring their own public-private partnership (PPP; P3) to deliver their respective halves of the project.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is managing procurement of a design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) concession to secure the 35-mile portion of Illiana that will fall within the Illinois state lines.

The RFQ, which IDOT released in November, generated interest from:

-‘Illiana Open Road Innovators,’ teaming SNC-Lavalin Group, Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico) and Zachry Construction Corporation;

-‘Illiana West Mobility Partners,’ led by Cintra;

-‘Illinois Corridor Connection Group,’ with ACS Infrastructure Development and Fengate Capital Management;

-‘Illinois Mobility Partners,’ comprised of Fluor Corporation and Plenary Group, and;

-‘WM Illinois – Illiana Partners,’ teaming Meridiam Infrastructure and Walsh Construction Company.

The Department will now go about developing a shortlist for a Request for Proposals (RFP). Illinois is covering $1.1 billion of the $1.3 billion Illiana project.

Meanwhile Indiana, procuring its PPP via the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), also published a RFQ in November.

Indiana is financing $270 million of the Illiana project. The deadline for its RFQ is Friday, January 10.