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South Mountain Freeway Public-Private Partnership Concept Advances

‘Request for Information’ next step for public-private partnership proposal
February 06, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has released a Request for Information related to the proposal to construct the South Mountain Freeway as a public-private partnership, if the freeway is approved through the ongoing federal environmental process.

Those with an interest in the public-private partnership proposal are encouraged to submit responses to outlined questions to ADOT’s Office of P3 Initiatives by Feb. 25. Comments should focus on the construction of the proposed South Mountain Freeway as a public-private partnership, with an emphasis on procurement methods and structure of a public-private partnership arrangement.

The purpose of this Request for Information is to seek the industry’s perspective and feedback on specific questions, and to provide an opportunity for industry input on the overall procurement process for the proposed project. Interested organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit responses with detailed comments. The information contained in the responses to this Request for Information will help ADOT advance planning and development efforts for the project; help confirm or refine ADOT’s project procurement, financing and delivery approach; and may result in the launch of a formal Request for Proposals.

A forum for industry representatives will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 27 in the ADOT Auditorium, 206 S. 17th Ave. in Phoenix. Seating for the industry forum is limited, and reservations should be made by contacting

This Request for Information is the next step for the unsolicited public-private partnership proposal submitted to ADOT in 2013 – the first unsolicited proposal for a highway public-private partnership submitted to the agency. Under state law, ADOT is required to conduct a review of the proposal before deciding if the concept merits an open solicitation for other companies to submit competitive proposals.

The South Mountain Freeway remains a corridor under study, and this public-private partnership proposal has no impact on the ongoing environmental impact statement that is scheduled to be finalized in 2014. The environmental impact statement must be completed and acceptable to the Federal Highway Administration regardless of how the proposed project is funded or constructed.

Public-private partnerships allow a private-sector entity to participate in the delivery of a transportation project. ADOT has authority to partner with the private sector to build or improve Arizona transportation facilities.

Submissions to the Request for Information for the South Mountain Freeway and RSVPs for the industry forum can be submitted electronically to

For more information on ADOT’s public-private partnership program, or for a copy of the Request for Information, visit

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