Indiana, Kentucky whittle selection for bridge project

Four consortia including SNC-Lavalin, ACS, InfraRed Capital Partners and VINCI Concessions, to name a few, have been shortlisted for the public-private partnership half of the $2.6bn Ohio River Bridges Project.

Indiana narrowed a week-old shortlist for its half of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project to four consortia, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced yesterday.

INDOT, in charge of managing the project with the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), tallied six consortia last Monday in response to a March request for qualifications (RFQ). The four consortia Indiana shortlisted include:

-East End Mobility Partners, led by the equity team of SNC-Lavalin Capital, John Laing Investments and Zachery Resources;

-Ohio River Mobility Group, comprising ACS Infrastructure Development and Skanska Infrastructure Development on the equity side; 

-Ohio River Transportation Partners, with an equity team of Balfour Beatty Capital, InfraRed Capital Partners and Kiewit Development Company;

-WVB East End Partners, with Walsh Investors, VINCI Concessions and Bilfinger Berger as equity investors.

For a full description of the shortlisted teams, please click here. Consortia led by Meridiam Infrastructure/Fluor Enterprises/Acciona and Cintra Infrastructuras/ Samsung C&T Corporation were not shortlisted for the project.

“This was a difficult winnowing process,” said Kendra York, public finance director of Indiana, “but after a very diligent review, we concluded these four best met our criteria”.

Indiana, equal partner with neighbouring Kentucky in a cross-state plan to build a bridge between Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, is opting for a public-private partnership (PPP) for its $1.3 billion end of the bridge.Indiana is next expecting to issue a request for proposals due in October.

While Indiana is electing to enter a toll road concession with a rare availability payment structure, Kentucky has pursued a traditional design-build mode of procurement. The latter, meanwhile, had faced a postponement in its selection of a design-build team when the state legislature adjourned without passing a two-year transportation budget last week.

But a special session – costing the state $60,000 a day – convened to pass a $4.5 billion transportation scheme which was then passed in a House vote.  As a result, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) whittled its shortlist to:

-Ohio River Transportation Constructors, with Kiewit Corporation-owned Kiewit Infrastructure Company, Traylor Brothers, Kokosing Construction Company, and Massman Construction Company;

-A consortium teaming Skanska, Flatiron Construction Corporation and Dragados USA;

-Walsh Construction Company from Chicago.

Construction on the bridge is slated to begin in 2014. The completion date is scheduled in 2018.