Shortlist revealed for $800m Northwest Corridor
Ferrovial’s Northwest Corridor Mobility Partners team, which includes Prince Contracting, has been knocked out of the competition, leaving the following firms:
- CW Matthews Contracting and the Michael Baker corporation;
- Georgia Transportation Partners which comprises Bechtel Infrastructure, Kiewit Infrastructure South, Dewberry and Davis, and STV; and
- Northwest Express Road Builders which comprises Archer Western Contractors, Hubbard Group and Parsons.
The project will build two new managed lanes along the west side of I-75 between its interchanges with I-285 and I-575. The lanes will be separated from the existing interstate and will be reversible so that both will carry traffic southbound during morning commute hours and northbound in the evenings. Above the I-575 interchange, one new reversible lane will be added in the I-75 centre median to Hickory Grove Road and a similar new I-575 lane will extend to Sixes Road. A variable-rate toll, based on traffic volume, will be assessed for access to the lanes.
The winning bidder will design, build and provide private financing for 10-20% of the estimated $750-$850m design cost of the project.
Before a final and binding RFP is issued in December this year, bidders have the opportunity to pose questions to Georgia’s Department of Transport (GDOT) and seek project clarification during one-on-one meetings in the autumn. All information will be shared with all four teams.
The required federal Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision is expected to be issued next January and GDOT expects to select a preferred bidder in July 2013.