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The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has announced that four teams have submitted Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) in response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for delivering the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening PPP project.
- I-10 Mobility Group: Cintra, Meridiam (equity), Parsons (engineering), Ferrovial Agroman, Parsons (lead contractor), Cintra and Meridiam (operations and maintenance).
- Gulf Coast Connectors: ACS, Macquarie, HOCHTIEF, John Laing (equity), T.Y. Lin (lead engineering firm), Dragados, Lane Construction, Flatiron (lead contractors), Gulf Coast Connectors (lead operations and maintenance).
- Mobile Bay Link: Acciona, Aberdeen, DIF, Societa Italiana per Condotte d Acqua Spa (equity), COWI, Michael Baker (lead engineering firms), Acciona, Societe Italiana per Condotte d Acqua Spa (lead contractor), Acciona, Aberdeen, DIF, and Societe Italiana per Condotte d Acqua Spa (lead operations and maintenance).
- Mobile River Bridge Group : InfraRed, Shikun & Binui, Astaldi, Southland Holdings (equity), Figg Bridge Engineers (lead engineer), AJS Contractors (JV of Astaldi, Johnson Bros. and Shikun Binui (lead contractors) InfraRed, Shikun & Binui, Astaldi, Southland Holdings (lead operations and maintenance).
As we reported, ALDOT issued, on 22 September, the RFQ for the the PPP project.
The proposed 12-mile project will increase the capacity of I-10 by constructing a new six-lane bridge with 215 feet of Air Draft Clearance (ADC) across the Mobile River and widening the existing I-10 bridges across Mobile Bay from four to eight lanes. The proposed project would be located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama.
The concessionaire will design, build, operate, and maintain the project pursuant to a concession agreement with ALDOT. The project's estimated investment exceeds US$2 billion.
Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project Director Matt Ericksen said:
“ALDOT is pleased with the industry’s response to this key project. This is a major milestone in the procurement process that will lead to the delivery of the much needed project that will provide relief to commuters, travelers, and the freight industry.”
The project aims to ease congestion on the George Wallace Tunnel, the current I-10 crossing under the Mobile River. Constructed in the 1970s, it was designed with an anticipated daily traffic count of 36,000. Currently, the tunnel averages 73,300 vehicles per day, and can reach as many as 100,000 vehicles in the peak season.