Three groups express interest in Penn Turnpike PPP

Spain’s Global Via and ACS emerged as two of the respondents to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s request for concepts and solutions for completing unfinished segments of 50 miles of toll roads near Pittsburgh. None provided cost estimates for the project.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has received three expressions of interest for the completion of three highway sections near Pittsburgh.

The project involves financing, designing, constructing, operating and/or maintaining all or portions of the unfinished segments of 50 miles of limited-access tolled expressway around Pittsburgh known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway and the Southern Beltway.

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None of the responses indicated dollar estimates for the completion of the projects. The respondents – groups of local and international construction and engineering firms – also noted that additional team members may be needed to advance certain aspects of the projects, the commission said in a statement.

One submission came from Mon Valley Public Private Partners. This consortium of local Pennsylvania companies included PNC Capital Markets as financial partner and the Walsh Group as a construction partner.

A second submission came from Spanish construction company Global Via, which would provide equity investment and construction services for the project, and URS Corporation, which would provide design, technical and construction services.

A third submission came from Spain’s ACS Infrastructure and Dragados USA. ACS would provide equity investment and construction services, while Dragados would act as the design/build contractor and joint venture leader. Dragados is a construction subsidiary of ACS.

The commission issued a request for concepts and solutions in September 2008 to seek private-sector participation for the project, which it terms a public-private partnership.