Pennsylvania Turnpike extension draws three bidders

| 1/19/2009

One U.S.-based firm and two Spain-based firms are on the shortlist to construct two new portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The three firms submitted their concepts to build the 24-mile Mon-Fayette Expressway from Pennsylvania Route 51 in Jefferson Hills to Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh and Monroeville and 26 new miles of the Southern Beltway in Washington County.

The U.S.-based firm, Mon Valley Public Private Partners, consists of HDR Inc., Kimball Corp., Gannett Fleming Inc. and Figg Engineering Group for design; The Walsh Group for construction; PNC Capital Markets for finance; Wilbur Smith Associates for traffic and revenue; and Transfield Services North America for operations and maintenance.

The second potential bidder is a consortium consisting of Madrid-based Global Via Infrastructuras and URS Corp. The consortium also has offices in Houston, Miami and New York.

ACS Infrastructure Development of Spain with offices in Florida partnered with Dragados USA to submit the third bid.

ACS is currently involved in four other U.S. infrastructure projects in Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Quebec, Canada.

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials issued requests for proposals in September 2008. The deadline was Jan. 15. Before dollar figures are reached, turnpike officials will analyze the submissions and choose a consortium to work with.

– By David Tanner, staff writer