The American Legion Bridge replacement is part of a $7.6 billion widening of Interstates 495 (the Capital Beltway) and 270 in Maryland. The project will also include $1.4 billion of work on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which the state hopes to assume control of in negotiations with the U.S. Interior Department. 

In November, MDOT issued a presolicitation information memo about the anticipated first phase of the project. The state estimated that this initial scope of work would cost between $2 billion and $5 billion and include the design, construction and financing of managed lanes from Virginia into Maryland, rehabilitation of the American Legion Bridge, followed by operations and maintenance of the new infrastructure for 50 years. 

An industry forum for the project in December was attended by contractors, including minority-owned and woman-owned businesses; developers; prime engineering firms; investors and others from 13 different countries, according to Lisa Choplin, P3 project director for MDOT’s State Highway Administration. The schedule that appeared in the solicitation projected that the state’s Board of Public Works would approve the project for a public-private partnership this month. The next step would be the issuance of an industry-wide request for qualifications in April. Click here to continue reading…

Credit: Kim Slowey  | Construction Dive

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