The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is reaching out to industry leaders through a Request for Information to gather perspective and feedback on constructing the South Mountain Freeway as a public-private partnership.
The public-private partnership will not affect the current ongoing federal environmental process. The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the South Mountain Freeway is expected to be released in 2014. That study must be completed and accepted regardless of how the project is funded or constructed.
“The purpose of this Request for Information is to seek the industry’s perspective and feedback on specific questions, and to provide an opportunity for industry input on the overall procurement process for the proposed project,” said a statement from ADOT. “The information contained in the responses to this Request for Information will help ADOT advance planning and development efforts for the project; help confirm or refine ADOT’s project procurement, financing and delivery approach; and may result in the launch of a formal Request for Proposals.”
The unsolicited public-private partnership proposal for the South Mountain Freeway that was submitted to ADOT in 2013 was the first submitted to the agency. Under state law ADOT must conduct a review of the proposal before deciding if the idea should be opened to other companies to submit competitive bids.
Those with an interest in the public-private partnership proposal are encouraged to submit responses to specific questions to ADOT’s Office of P3 Initiatives by Feb. 25.
“Comments should focus on the construction of the proposed South Mountain Freeway as a public-private partnership, with an emphasis on procurement methods and structure of a public-private partnership arrangement,” ADOT said.
A forum will be hosted from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 27 for industry representatives. Seating for the industry forum, which will be in the ADOT Auditorium, 206 S. 17th Ave., is limited, and reservations should be made by contacting P3Office@azdot.gov.
For more information on ADOT’s public-private partnership program, or for a copy of the Request for Information, visit azdot.gov/P3.
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