2013-11-12: Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) today issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an availability payments public private partnership (AP-P3) for financing, building and operating the 12 mile, 19km stretch of the Illiana Expressway on the Indiana side of the border with Illinois. Indiana had an Industry Forum earlier in the year at which the project was discussed, comment made, and questions asked and answered.
Illinois DOT pushing ahead with Illiana Expressway - RFQ issued for availability payments P3 contractorBy Peter Samuel on November 9, 2013
2013-11-08: Illinois DOT has issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the procurement of a P3 team to “design, build, finance, operate and maintain” the 35 mile, 57km Illinois portion of the Illiana Expressway project. Indiana Finance Authority is expected to issue its RFQ shortly for the 12 miles, 19km of the expressway in Indiana as the beginning of the procurement of a companion P3.
Construction of the major new bridges being built over the Ohio River in the Louisville KY metro area is split between Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky taking on the larger bridge downtown and Indiana the smaller upriver crossing. But Indiana is handling all the procurement of toll gear systems for the two bridges.
2013-09-25: Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation (DOTs) will each take sole charge of that portion of the proposed Illiana Expressway within their territory. Each state will do separate procurements of public private partnerships (P3s) to get the toll expressway built. Requests for Qualifications will be issued this fall.
Indiana DOT says there will be two separate toll concessions to conform with the legal framework of each state.
Local and national environmental groups are challenging the Federal Highway Administration's approval for the Illiana Expressway on the southern fringe of the Chicago area. Joined in a suit in US court Open Lands, the Sierra Club and local groups claim the permitting process was flawed.
2013-06-25: The governors of Illinois and Indiana, state secretaries of transportation and other officials joined this week in a splashy joint "Industry Forum" at a convention center in Rosemont IL. Subject was the Illiana Expressway project on the southern fringe of the Chicago metro area - a tollroad they hope will be built under a 'public private partnership' with investor risk capital under a longterm toll concession.
United Bridge Partners should begin construction next year on their Cline Avenue toll bridge, a gateway route into the small lakeside industrial city of East Chicago Indiana. Officials predicted that all required permits would be in place later this year. This week Indiana DOT says it has transferred right-of-way to the bridge company following the signing earlier of contracts involving the City, the state, United Bridge, Figg engineering and Lane Construction.
WVB East End Partners comprising Walsh, Vinci Concessions and Belfinger begin construction this month of the East End Bridge over the Ohio River under a longterm design/finance/build/operate/maintain/availability-payments contract with an Indiana state agency.
The completely new bridge plus approach roads on both sides will connect SR265 in Indiana with the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky completing a loop route around the Louisville/Southern Indiana metro area.
Construction cost is $763m.
Indiana Finance Authority has closed the contractual side of the deal with WVB (Walsh, Vinci and Bilfinger Berger) East End Partners to design and build the East End Crossing, a new toll bridge and linking highways on the northern outskirts of the bistate Louisville metro area. The commercial close this week is to be followed by financial close "early spring 2013."
2012-11-16: Indiana Finance Authority has announced it expects to get the new East End Crossing of the Ohio River near Louisville KY built for $763m or 23% below its estimates and with a proposal to open the bridge by October 2016 versus the end June 2017 expected date.