This article begins with a description of the first highway public-private partnership in Colorado, US 36 Express Lanes (Boulder-Denver Turnpike Reconstruction project), examines the attractiveness of P3s to public entities, then delves deeply into the history of P3s throughout the United States. Notes that there is a growing fear that state and local governments are giving away too much, that P3s often fail to deliver the improvements they promise, and threaten the core value of roads as a public service.
In depth article that centers on a meeting held by a CDOT commissioner to update the public on Colorado’s current state of transportation funding. Covers a broad range of issues including the unpopularity of gas taxes as a transportation revenue generator, how additional fees such as vehicle registration can greatly enhance a state’s ability to fund projects, and why public-private partnerships are attractive to states that have funding gaps.
Article provides brief overview of two bills related to Design-Build project delivery that were passed in April 2013 by Governor Nathan Deal. SB 70 is a provision that did away with the requirement that the contracts go to the lowest bidding contractor and allows the Georgia DOT to award contracts on “best value.” Another new law, HB 202, waives a requirement to balance funds by congressional districts for interstate improvements.
Article discusses the increase in public-private partnerships within the state of Colorado. This increase is attributed to a lack state funding for necessary transportation improvements, as a result it has chosen to turn to the private sector to design, build, operate, and maintain certain roadways. Article also mentions several potential public-private partnerships that the CDOT is currently considering.
Despite stronger support for toll lanes nationwide, the new Express Lanes on I-495 in Virginia are struggling to meet expectations. This article provides details on these struggles and suggests what the Virginia experience could mean for the future of toll roads and express lanes for the rest of the country.
North Carolina has expedited its design-build procurement delivery by adopting “express design-build.” This delivery mechanism differs from original design-build because it does not require the submission of a technical proposal. The state has selected the replacement of eleven bridges, to be awarded in one single contract, to pilot and test this new delivery approach.