Strong interest in PPP side of Ohio Bridges project

Six consortia including greenfield funds Meridiam and InfraRed Capital Partners as well as marquee developers like VINCI, Cintra, ACS, Skanska and others have expressed interest in bidding for the Indiana side of the Ohio River Bridges project.

Indiana tallied six consortia in response to a March request for qualifications (RFQ) for its half of the cross-state Ohio River Bridges Project with Kentucky.

The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), which opted to pursue a public-private partnership (PPP) and enter into a toll road concession, announced a bidder shortlist should be finalised on Monday, April 23, following a “thorough review” of RFQ respondents, including:

-Ohio River Transportation Partners, with an equity team of Balfour Beatty Capital, InfraRed Capital Partners and Kiewit Development Company, a construction team of Kiewit Infrastructure Company, Taylor Brothers, Massman Construction Company and Kokosing Construction Company, a design team of HNTB Corporation and Parsons Brinkerhoff, Transfield Services handling operations and maintenance, Hatch Mott McDonald listed for “other design and construction,” and Allen & Overy, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital rounding out the consortium;

-WVB East End Partners, an equity team of Walsh Investors, VINCI Concessions and Bilfinger Berger, a construction team of Walsh Construction Company and VINCI Construction Grand Projects, Jacobs Engineering Group as design firm, VINCI Concessions handling operations and maintenance, and Milestone Contractors, International Bridge Technologies, Haydon Bridge Company, Bizzack Construction, American Structurepoint, Buckland & Taylor, Stantec, Earth Exploration, Guthrie/Mayes, James H Drew, Freyssinet, Advitam, RWDI, PCSI, Macdonald Architects, Mayer Brown and Scotia Bank completing the consortium;

-Cross River Connect Group, made up of equity team Meridiam Infrastructure, Fluor Enterprises and Acciona, a construction group including Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction Corporation, HDR Engineering, AECOM Technical Services, American Bridge Company, Barnard Construction Company and Gohmann Asphalt and Construction handling various construction, with Weeks Marine, J.P. Morgan Chase & Company, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Barnes & Thornburg, Musser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, Burgess & Niple, S&ME and Third Rock Consultants also part of the consortium;

-East End Mobility Partners, including equity team SNC-Lavalin Capital, John Laing Investments, Zachery Resources, construction team Tutor Perini Corporation and SNC-Lavalin Transportation, SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance and Infrastructure Corporation of America for operations and maintenance, and Frontier Kemper Constructors, ARUP USA, Daelim Industrial Company and BMO Capital Markets rounding out the consortium;

-Cross-River Mobility Partners, with Cintra Infrastructuras, Samsung C&T Corporation as the equity team, Janssen & Spaans Engineering and Trumball Corporation as design team, Cintra Infrastructuras and Samsung C&T Corporation in charge of operations and maintenance, and The Louis Berger Group, Leonhardt, Andra und Partner, Jacobs Associates, Michel Virlogeux Consultant and White and Case;

-Ohio River Mobility Group, ACS Infrastructure Development and Skanska Infrastructure Development as the equity team, a construction unit of Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Flatiron Constructors and Dragados USA, URS Corporation and T.Y Lin International designing, as well as C.J. Mahan Construction Company, Hinkle Contracting Company and Hall Contracting of Kentucky.

The IFA said consortia selected from the shortlist would be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) that will be due in October.

Meanwhile, neighbour state Kentucky, which is opting for a traditional design-build procurement, announced its shortlist a week ago.

Indiana and Kentucky teamed together under the aegis of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, a venture established in 2009 to build a $2.6 billion  bridge linking Louisville, Kentucky, with Southern Indiana and requiring a reconstruction of the Kentucky Interchange, commonly called the “Spaghetti Junction” in Louisville.

Each state is responsible for contributing $1.3 billion apiece. Construction is slated to begin in 2014 and reach completion in 2018.