Four teams comprised of companies in the construction, financing, materials manufacturing and other industries have been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to submit proposals for the department’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
The public-private partnership announced last year aims to replace at least 500 bridges across the state.
The four chosen came from a pool of five applicants, which were scored and selected based on criteria such as their financial capacity to carry out the project, their background and experience in managing comparable projects.
The goal of having private companies team up to apply to conduct the work was to save money by replacing multiple bridges with similar designs and standards under one contract.
The teams invited to submit proposals are:
• Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Plenary Group, The Walsh Group, Granite Construction Co., HDR Engineering, HNTB Corp. and Infrastructure Corporation of America.
• Keystone Bridge Partners: InfraRed Capital Partners, Kiewit, Parsons, The Allan A. Myers family of companies, DBi and American Infrastructure.
• Commonwealth Bridge Partners: John Laing Investments, Fluor, American Bridge Co., Traylor Bros. Inc., Joseph B. Fay Co., STV Inc. and Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors.
• Pennsylvania Crossings: Meridiam, Lane Construction, AECOM, Trumbull, Wagman Companies and Cofiroute.
Rich Kirkpatrick, acting press secretary for PennDOT, said the teams were comprised of both Pennsylvania firms and firms from other states.
He said PennDOT is working on final project details and will distribute the parameters to the selected teams.
He said PennDOT should select a team by fall.
The team that wins the contract will manage the bridges' design, construction and maintenance for a yet-to-be-determined number of years under one contract.
The team will be responsible for financing the effort, and PennDOT will make payments based on the contractor's adherence to the contract terms.
Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2015.