PennDOT announced Wednesday that it has invited four construction teams to bid on the department's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a project to replace up to 500 of the state's structurally deficient bridges.
Five teams had expressed interest. The Keystone Bridge Builders team was eliminated. The remaining list includes some of the biggest construction and engineering firms in the country. Wagman Cos. of York County is part of the Pennsylvania Crossings team.
The project calls for the replacement of bridges of similar design under one contract. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic design and construction standards will be used for multiple bridges, PennDOT said in a news release.
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said the public-private partnership will enable the state to replace more bridges than anticipated.
"This initiative reflects Gov. Corbett's strong commitment to making the state's roads and bridges safer and improving mobility," Schoch said. "Because of the project's size, this will also be a great opportunity for Pennsylvania companies to work with the team we ultimately select."
The teams and team members submitting statements of qualification are as follows:
• Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Plenary Group, U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles; The Walsh Group, Washington, D.C.; Granite Construction Co., Watsonville, Calif.; HDR Engineering, Alexandria, Va.; HNTB Corp., Kansas City, Mo.; and Infrastructure Corp. of America, Arlington, Va.
• Keystone Bridge Partners: InfraRed Capital Partners, New York City; Kiewit, Arlington, Va.; Parsons, Pasadena, Calif.; The Allan A. Myers family of companies, Worcester, Pa.; DBi, not available; and American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pa.
• Commonwealth Bridge Partners: John Laing Investments, London; Fluor, Irving, Texas; American Bridge Co., Coraopolis, Pa.; Traylor Bros. Inc., Alexandria, Va.; Joseph B. Fay Co., Pittsburgh; STV Inc., Douglassville; and Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors, Pittsburgh.
PennDOT expects to release final project details and requirements to the four teams this summer and select a preferred proposal this fall. Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2015.
The selected team will manage the bridges' design, construction and maintenance under one contract to streamline design and construction activities. The selected team will also maintain the bridges for a yet-to-be-determined number of years, though PennDOT will continue to own the bridges and department staff will perform routine maintenance such as snow and debris removal, the release said.
In addition, the contractor will be responsible for financing the effort, but PennDOT will make performance-based payments for the work at yet-to-be-established milestones.
The project was approved by the state's P3 board on Sept. 27, 2013, and PennDOT has hosted two industry forums to educate potential, private-sector stakeholders on the scope and requirements.