Four bid on North Carolina toll road PPP

Consortia led by ACS, Cintra, OHL and Vinci are interested in a project that would convert Interstate 77 in North Carolina into a toll road. An RFP is expected in Q2.

Four consortia are bidding on a transportation project in North Carolina that would aim to convert Interstate 77 (I-77) into a toll road, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

The I-77 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) project would expand the interstate highway via a public-private partnership (PPP). The department conceived the project to accommodate a “growing” population along I-77 and relieve traffic congestion.

Consortia responding include:

-Charlotte Access Mobility Group, teaming ACS infrastructure Development and InfraRed Capital Partners, with Dragados USA and United Infrastructure Group acting as joint contractor and Florence and Hutchenson handling design;

-Cintra Infraestructuras, with Ferrovial Agroman and W.C. English, and lead designer Louis Berger Group;

-Metrolina Development Partners, a consortium teaming OHL Concesiones, Lane Construction Corporation and HDR Engineering; and

-Char-Meck Development Partners, comprised of Vinci Concessions, Archer Western Contractors and Blythe Construction, and designer Parsons Transportation Group.

NCDOT indicated a final request for proposals (RFP) would be published in the second quarter, adding a commercial close is slated for December and a financial close set for the first quarter of 2013.

Interstate 77 is a 610-mile north-south corridor running from Ohio, through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina to South Carolina. In North Carolina, I-77 is a crucial thoroughfare for Charlotte, the largest city in the state.