June 24, 2016
From InfraAmericas

by Eugene Gilligan

The US’ P3 project pipeline has been bolstered by a number of new projects over the last 18 months, but it is still dwarfed by those of other countries. Some maintain that greater reliance on unsolicited proposals can fortify the market and give the private sector a means to influence it.

Notably, projects such as the City of Miami Beach’s wireless light rail system and Pennsylvania’s Northampton County’s procurement of a bridge replacement project, which involves the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a 33-bridge portfolio, resulted from unsolicited proposals.

Marcus Lemon, chair of the Infrastructure & P3 Group at Polsinelli and former FHWA Chief Counsel, said that Pennsylvania “has an excellent process in place” for reviewing unsolicited proposals.

The Public Private Partnerships Office, which is housed in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, is responsible for running the unsolicited proposal process. The state’s spring (April), and fall (October) windows for proposal review, provides a “predictable and reliable schedule” to the private sector, Lemon said.
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