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DBi P3 partnership selected by Arizona DOT

DBi P3 partnership selected by Arizona DOT for its largest highway project ever
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected Connect 202 Partners as the preferred developer for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, which remains on schedule for construction to start in summer 2016 as the largest-ever highway project in the state. This is the first highway public-private partnership (P3) in Arizona.

Key members of the Connect 202 Partners development team include Fluor Enterprises, Inc., Granite Construction Co. and Ames Construction, Inc., with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. as the lead designer, and leading highway maintenance services contractor, DBi Services as the joint operations and maintenance partner.

Fluor, and Granite and Ames, together with DBi, formed this team combining local, national and international highway design-build and maintenance experience to deliver this first-of-a-kind P3 for ADOT.

As design-builder, Fluor, Granite and Ames are three of the most successful design-build highway contractors in the United States. All three have partnered together in the past and are jointly executing major transportation projects across the United States.

Fluor and DBi will be jointly responsible for ongoing highway maintenance activities and any necessary capital improvements. Fluor and DBi are also currently teamed in pursuit of other major P3 highway projects. Through these joint pursuits, our organizations have a common set of work processes for highway maintenance.

ADOT sought proposals from qualified teams competing to develop the 22-mile long freeway, which is the last piece of the Loop 202 system and a critical direct link between the West and East Valley. From the five initial proposals submitted, three finalists were selected after a qualifications assessment to advance in the selection process. On March 19 2015, Connect 202 Partners was notified by ADOT that the team had been shortlisted to propose on the $1.9 billion design-build -maintain contract.

Following an extensive review that included representatives from ADOT, Federal Highway Administration, Maricopa Association of Governments and the City of Phoenix, Connect 202 Partners was chosen as the ‘best value’ developer.

The South Mountain Freeway will be constructed with four lanes in each direction (three general-use lanes and one HOV lane), and will include modern features such as rubberized asphalt and aesthetics designed in partnership with the community.

Major construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2016 with lanes opening in late 2019 or early 2020. Fluor and DBi will maintain the lanes for 30 years with oversight from ADOT.

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