PennDOT puts out call for P3 proposals

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

 If a local business has an idea for a public-private partnership, PennDOT officials want to hear about it. The department put out a call for unsolicited proposals for public-private partnerships, or P3s, for transportation and infrastructure projects.

“We pride ourselves on our innovative approaches to transportation solutions,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “By accepting unsolicited P3 proposals, we are encouraging others to propose innovative or partnership projects that they think will benefit the commonwealth and Pennsylvanians.”

PennDOT officials said they hope to piggyback on the success they’ve seen with the Rapid Bridge Replacement Program P3, the first of its scale in the nation. We’ve got several P3s working here in Kentucky – Northern Kentucky’s Brent Spence Bridge corridor is one such example.

“We were able to replace roughly 558 bridges in poor condition in a matter of several years instead of the normal eight to 12 (years) for that number of bridges,” Penn DOT spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said.

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