Pennsylvania’s Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships will accept unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Oct. 31, it said Thursday.

The office is part of the state Department of Transportation.

Last year Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law that authorized P3 projects in Pennsylvania. The law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects.

“This program is already yielding results,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, who chairs the Public Private Transportation Partnership Board. The board recently approved two projects that the private sector submitted to us this spring.

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure, or transportation project applications that the private sector wants to submit directly to the board. The Oct. 31 deadline does not apply to transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction, which may establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round.

During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs, state officials say.

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