Skanska shortlisted on western PPP

The proposed depressed section of I-70 near Denver.

Skanska’s 5280 Connectors consortium was shortlisted Friday for the I-70 East project, a highway project with a client-estimated total cost of $1.2 billion. Beyond this representing major progress in our efforts to expand our geography of PPPs, this undertaking would be our first Denver-area project.

Comprising our design-build-finance-operate-maintain team are equity members Skanska and Plenary Group; constructors Skanska and Zachry Construction Corporation; designer HDR Engineering; and operator Transfield Services Infrastructure.

A draft request for proposals is expected in fall 2015, with selection in 2016.

This 12-mile project involves removing a 50-year-old viaduct that carries I-70 and depressing that stretch of highway, over which we’d build a four-acre landscaped lid, to include a school and a park. Additionally, the project includes adding a tolled express lane in each direction of I-70.

Three other teams were shortlisted:

• Front Range Mobility Group, including Hochtief PPP Solutions, AECOM, Flatiron, Dragados, URS and CH2M;

• I-70 Mile High Partners, including Cintra, Bechtel and Ferrovial; and

• Kiewit/Meridiam Partners, including Kiewit, Meridiam, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Jacobs.

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