Four interested in Alabama’s $2bn bridge PPP

Four consortiums have responded to a request for qualifications to bid on a $1.8 billion bridge public-private partnership in Alabama.

The state’s transportation department announced that four teams expressed interest in the procurement of a project that will increase the capacity of the Interstate 10 bridge over the Mobile River. A RFQ was issued in September to design, build, operate and maintain the planned 215-foot-tall, six-lane bridge in September.

One consortium, I-10 Mobility Group, includes Meridiam and Cintra as equity partners, engineering firm Parsons and Ferrovial Agroman. Another, Gulf Coast Connectors, consists of Macquarie, ACS and John Laing as equity partners, engineering firm TY Lin, Dragados, Lane Construction and Flat Iron.

Mobile Bay Link includes Acciona, Aberdeen, DIF and Societa Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua Spa as equity partners and COWI and Michael Baker as lead engineers. The last bidding team includes InfraRed, Shikun & Binui, Astaldi and Southland Holdings as equity sponsors and Figg Bridge Engineers as lead engineer.

Alabama Department of Transportation said it plans to release a request for proposals in the spring of 2018, while construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, with completion earmarked by 2023.

While Alabama is one of 37 US states with PPP-enabling legislation, the I-10 project would be the first PPP undertaken by the Department of Transportation.