Seven respond to ‘Ultimate’ bid

The ‘I-4 Ultimate Project’ in Florida has elicited interest from seven consortia.

Seven consortia are claiming to be fit to bid on a multi-billion dollar ‘mega-project’ in Florida that could reshape surface transportation in the ‘Sunshine State’ end-to-end.

A website for the ‘I-4 Ultimate Project’ conceived for Interstate 4 in Florida noted the following consortia had responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) due Friday, April 19:

-‘4wardPartners,’ led by Meridiam Infrastructure, VINCI Concessions and Chicago-based Walsh Investors, with lead engineer AECOM Technology Corporation as well as Archer Western Contractors and The de Moya Group;

-‘I-4 Development Partners,’ teaming Macquarie Capital, Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) and FCC Construccion, with HNTB Corporation as lead engineer;

-‘Ultimate Mobility Partners,’ comprising InfraRed Capital Partners, Fluor Corporation operating subsidiary Fluor Enterprises, Kiewit Infrastructure South Company, with Parsons Transportation Group and Atkins North America in the role of co-lead engineer;

-‘I-4 Mobility Partners’ teaming Skanska Infrastructure Development, John Laing Investments with HDR Engineering and Jacobs Engineering Group in the role of lead engineer;

-‘I-4 Ultimate Mobility Partners,’ with Cintra Infraestructuras as well as Ferrovial Agroman and MCM splitting the role of lead contractor and the Louis Berger Group and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman as co-lead engineer;

-‘I-4 Ultimate Expressway Partners,’ comprised of Odebrecht unit Odebrecht Roadway Investments Corporation, Samsung E&C America, Bilfinger Project Investments, and Balfour Beatty Investments, with Odebrecht Construction, Samsung E&C America and Zachary Construction Corporation in charge of construction and Parsons Brinckerhoff lead engineer, and;

-‘4ward Express ProposerCo,’ featuring TIAA-CREF, with ACS Infrastructure Development, and Shikun & Binui, as well as Dragados USA and Shikun & Binui as co-lead contractor and H.W. Lochner and MMM Group as co-lead engineer.

The Florida state legislature let the I-4 Ultimate Project proceed as a public-private partnership (PPP or P3) in February.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) estimated the project would cost $2 billion; the state has set aside $857 million in funding. The concession agreement has a projected 40-year term.

The eventual private partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project, which will affect a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 4 from Tampa in the east, through Orlando and to Daytona Beach in west Florida.