Putting the Public First in Public-Private Partnerships

American Prospect » When the public sector fails to transfer enough risk to private entities or fails in its own oversight obligations, a P3 can suck government – and taxpayers — into a fiasco that costs far more than if the project was delivered through traditional means.

Proposed hyperloop to Chicago could be in line for federal infrastructure funds

Pittsburg Post-Gazette » Feasibility and environmental impact studies announced Wednesday by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to determine the exact pathway of the proposed system and its projected cost should be finished by early next year. That could dovetail with the beginning of the Trump administration’s proposed $1.5 trillion infrastructure program, which federal officials say will be looking to fund innovative projects.

2018-02-23T09:41:25+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Metro Rail / Transit, Ohio, Pennsylvania|

$225M Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion to start soon

Bucks County Courier Times » The work, which is funded completely with toll money, will focus on the stretch of highway between mileposts A31 and A38, between the Lansdale and Quakertown exits, which carries more than 65,000 vehicles a day. The end result of the three-year project will be a six-lane highway, with three lanes in each direction. The new six-lane highway also will feature full, 12-foot shoulders to the left and right of the travel lanes.

2018-02-20T13:57:15+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Highways, Pennsylvania, Tolling|

Pennsylvania allows Sunoco to resume work on Mariner NGL pipeline

Reuters » Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Thursday allowed Sunoco Pipeline LLP to resume work on its Mariner 2 East natural gas liquids pipeline after the company agreed to pay a $12.6 million fine for violations. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which ordered the company to stop work on the $2.5 billion project on Jan. 3, said in a release that the fine was one of the largest civil penalties in a single settlement.

2018-02-09T14:23:38+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Non-Renewable Sources, Pennsylvania|

Costs, Coordination Slow PennDOT Rapid Bridge Replacement Program

Engineering News-Record » According to a Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation statement, the $899-million public-private partnerships’ 390th bridge was opened during the final week of 2017, leaving 168 structures still in need of upgrades. PennDOT cites higher costs, right-of-way access and issues related to utility coordination for slowing progress but insists the program has been successful in clearing its backlog of bridge repairs.

2018-02-06T12:44:21+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Bridges, Pennsylvania, Public-Private Partnerships|
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