Virginia to issue RFQ for I-66 P3

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is close to launch a request for qualification (RFQ) for the Interstate 66 (I-66) project outside Virginia city's beltway.

The Transportation Public-Private Partnership Advisory Committee, with staff representation from the General Assembly, affirmed the Finding of Public Interest (FOPI) signed by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick, paving the way for the state to issue a RFQ for the road project.

In the FOPI, the commissioner said he believed there are three P3 options that should be considered:

  • A toll revenue concession, similar to the 495 and 95 Express lanes, in which the state would make a public contribution, but the private entity would take the risk in financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining the project.
  • A design-build-operate-maintain project. The state would finance the project and collect the toll revenues, but the private sector would take the risk in designing, building, operating and maintaining the project.
  • A design-build-alternative technical concepts project. The state would finance the project, collect toll revenues as well as operate and maintain the project while the private sector would take the risk in designing and building the project and be able to come up with engineering savings during the bidding process, which cannot be done  currently under a typical design-build project.

A final decision on how the I-66 project will be financed is expected by end of this year.

The project would involve the construction of two HOT lanes and three regular lanes in each direction. The concession contract would not exceed 40 years.

The total project investment is estimated at US$2.1 billion. VDOT expects that the public contribution will be about US$600 million, which would be provided during the construction period.

The contract is expected to be awarded by 2016 and construction works could begin in 2017, with completion approximately five years later.

Under the proposed plan, I-66 would be improved to provide high-frequency bus service with predictable travel times, and direct access between the express lanes and new or expanded commuter lots.

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