Pennsylvania Using P3 Approach to Replace More than 500 Bridges

The P3 approach is expected to compress the construction schedule to four years with completion by the summer of 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has released the list of 558 state bridges in the Rapid Bridge Replacement Public-Private Partnership that will use a private consortium to finance, design and build the bridges as well as maintain them for 25 years, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The P3 approach is expected to reduce the length of time for contract procedures from eight to 12 years down to just four. Most of the work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018, according to PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch.

Most of the new bridges will have similar designs and construction standards, which PennDOT hopes will produce cost savings. All of the bridges in the program are rated structurally deficient.

Four consortiums of private companies have been invited to submit bids, according to the article. The state expects to choose the winning bid by October with plans for construction to begin next year.

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