Five respond to Pennsylvania bridge RFQ

Five teams have responded to PennDOT’s RFQ for its Rapid Bridge Replacement project, which aims to replace at least 500 bridges in the state.

Five consortia have submitted statements of qualifications for the replacement of at least 500 of the state’s 4,500 structurally-deficient bridges, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said in a statement.

The bidding teams are:
– Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: teaming Plenary Group with The Walsh Group;
– Keystone Bridge Partners: comprising InfraRed Capital Partners and Kiewit;
– Commonwealth Bridge Partners: led by John Laing Investments and Fluor;
– Keystone Bridge Builders: comprising Macquarie and PCL; and
– Pennsylvania Crossings: teaming Meridiam with AECOM.

The winning consortium will develop, design, build, finance and maintain the portfolio of bridges. The selected team will also maintain the bridges for a yet to be determined number of years, PennDOT said in a statement.

The state agency will continue to own the bridges and will be responsible for its routine maintenance such as snow and debris removal.

While the preferred bidder will be responsible for financing the project, PennDOT “will make performance-based payments for the work at yet to be established milestones,” the state agency said.

The exact number of bridges to be replaced will also be determined at a later date.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) is expected to go out this Spring, with the goal of beginning construction in 2015.

“Due to Governor Corbett’s leadership on transportation, we will now be able to complete at least 500 bridges, far more than would have been possible without the transportation plan,” Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch said in the statement.

Pennsylvania’s Governor signed a transportation funding bill into law last November, making an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion available for bridge and road repairs and upgrades. As a result, the Rapid Bridge Replacement project was expanded to include an additional 200 to 300 bridges.