State’s ‘public-private’ transportation deal will replace 53 bridges in Allegheny County
A team of Pennsylvania-based subcontractors has three years to replace 558 structurally deficient Pennsylvania bridges, including 53 in Allegheny County.
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced Friday that Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners would lead the department’s $899 million Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
In the “public-private partnership,” the state retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for replacing the bridges and maintaining them for 25 years. Construction must begin in summer 2015.
Plenary Walsh’s proposal was selected based on scoring that considered cost, financial capability to carry out the project, background and experience in managing comparable projects. The project will cost an average of $65 million annually over 28 years.
“The goal for this project is not only finding cost savings, but also to minimize impact to the traveling public,” Schoch said. “This team has thoroughly detailed their traffic-control plans and expects to finish construction eight months earlier than required.”
According to PennDOT, the design, construction and maintenance per bridge runs about $1.6 million under the proposal, compared to more than $2 million if PennDOT’s standard process were used.
The subcontractors will be responsible for their own financing. PennDOT will make performance-based payments as the project progresses and be responsible for routine maintenance, such as snow plowing and debris removal.
Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5815 or [email protected].