Five groups have submitted statements of qualification for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's rapid bridge replacement project, a public-private partnership deal aimed at reducing the state's number of structurally deficient bridges.

Through the project, at least 500 bridges of similar design would be replaced under one contract. State officials expect cost savings, citing use of the same basic design and construction standards for multiple bridges.

"I'm pleased to see that private industry is coming forward to partner with us on this effort," said transportation secretary Barry Schoch.

Groups and group members submitting statements of qualification were:

  • Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Plenary Group, Walsh Group, Granite Construction Co., HDR Engineering, HNTB Corp. and Infrastructure Corporation of America;
  • Keystone Bridge Partners: InfraRed Capital Partners, Kiewit, Parsons, 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;
  • Keystone Bridge Builders: Macquarie, PCL, Conti Enterprises and Stantec Consulting Services; and
  • Pennsylvania Crossings: Meridiam, Lane Construction, AECOM, Trumbull, Wagman Companies and Cofiroute.

PennDOT said it would review the statements of qualification and invite the highest -scoring teams to submit proposals for the project this spring. The statements outline the proposers' ability to meet project requirements. The department will make a best-value determination based on cost and technical approach in selecting a proposal, with the goal of beginning construction in 2015.
The state's P3 board approved the project Sept. 27.

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