Plan to Repair Hundreds of Structurally
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s
Public Private Partnership (P3) Board today approved three projects that will
help provide transportation services and infrastructure more efficiently
through partnerships with the private sector.
board approved two proposals from the private sector and one project through
which PennDOT and a third party would quickly replace hundreds of bridges.
Governor Corbett signed the P3 legislation into law, he gave us a tool to find
more ways to work with private businesses to meet our transportation needs, or
expand the services we deliver,” PennDOT Secretary and P3 Board Chairman Barry
J. Schoch said. “Although this helps us stretch our limited dollars, we need
more resources to help ensure that we can use the P3 program to its fullest
one partnership agreement, hundreds of structurally deficient bridges of
similar design would be replaced under one contract to streamline design and
construction. The successful low-bidder would manage the bridges’ design,
construction and maintenance. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic
design and construction standards could be used for multiple bridges. The state
also looks to save money by not paying for maintenance of those bridges for a
yet to be determined number of years.
board also approved two projects based on proposals that were submitted by
private industry. In the coming months the department will proceed with
advertising a Request for Proposals (RFP) based on each concept. The RFP
process will ensure any products or services are competitively purchased and
achieve maximum value for the state and its taxpayers.
project will be developed based on a proposal submitted by Paoli-based Site
Acquisition Services, Inc. This project would allow the department to receive a
fair-market “rental fee” for the use of its facilities such as bridges, signs,
buildings and maintenance facilities where wireless antennas and related
equipment can be attached. A contract would be awarded to a company that would
market those opportunities to wireless service providers that may find those
locations desirable to improve signals in the surrounding areas.
other proposal was submitted by Bentley Systems, Inc., in Exton, and
recommended that PennDOT replace its aging Automated Permit Routing Analysis System
(APRAS), used to issue special hauling permits, with the company’s commercially
available turn-key system already deployed in neighboring states. Based on
their proposal, the department will pursue proposals for a new system.
September 2012, Corbett signed into law the Public and Private Partnerships for
Transportation Act, which authorized P3 projects in Pennsylvania. This law
allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner
with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing
of the P3 law, the seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board
was appointed to examine and approve potential public-private transportation
projects. If the board determines a state operation or project would be more
cost-effectively administered or delivered by a private company, the department
or appropriate transportation agency can advertise a competitive RFP and enter
into a contract with a company to completely or partially deliver the
transportation-related service or project.
more about P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov.