Pennsylvania approves P3 delivery method for major bridgework
Pennsylvania – A state transportation board approved a new program that will allow for the delivery of major bridges through public-private partnerships (P3s).
The P3 delivery model will allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to direct user fees to fund critical work on major bridges across the state and:
- Accelerate the renewal of major bridges to ensure public safety.
- Avoid time and financial impacts of travel diversion resulting from bridge restrictions and closures due to bridge condition.
- Help offset gas tax revenue losses, as identified by the state Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ensure users (including out-of-state traffic) contribute fairly to the replacement or rehabilitation of the bridges based on usage.
- Create a sustainable funding model for the state’s major bridges.
PennDOT will consider the P3 delivery model for major bridges in a geographically balanced manner statewide. Major bridges are structures of significance based on physical size, location, and cost to replace or rehabilitate. These structures are in a condition that necessitates action to enhance safety and to avoid disruptions and community impacts.
By using a P3 delivery method, PennDOT can leverage private-sector innovation to address complex projects and to help ensure the longevity of infrastructure investments.
The Major Bridge P3 program is a component of PennDOT’s forthcoming Pathways initiative, part of the department’s ongoing work to explore sustainable transportation funding options in response to a growing highway and bridge funding gap.