Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership
The Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership
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The Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (MBP3) was established to accelerate the replacement and rehabilitation of major Interstate bridges. This was one of the funding options identified in PennDOT's Alternative Funding Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study.
Under MBP3, PennDOT entered into a Pre-Development Agreement (PDA) with Bridging Pennsylvania Partners (BPP) to advance preliminary design work. The PDA will lead to separate contracts to finalize design, build, finance and maintain packages of bridges in the MBP3. PennDOT will repay the amounts financed by the development entity through recurring availability payments over 30 years, beginning when construction is complete.
Status of the MBP3 and Its Projects
Planning work and federal environmental reviews for six bridge replacement projects proposed as part of MBP3 have resumed. The six projects moving forward through the environmental process via Categorical Exclusions (CE) or CE Reevaluations in 2022 are:
P3 Process and Funding
As previously mentioned, PennDOT has entered a PDA with BPP to advance preliminary design work. The PDA will lead to separate contracts to finalize design, build, finance, and maintain packages of bridges in the MBP3. PennDOT will repay the amounts financed by the development entity through recurring availability payments over 30 years, beginning when construction is complete.
In November 2020, the MBP3 was proposed by PennDOT and approved by the Pennsylvania P3 Board, which includes representatives from all four legislative caucuses, to rehabilitate or replace major Interstate bridges using toll revenues, providing PennDOT with a means of addressing the state's growing backlog of needs without using or impacting the funding for PennDOT's larger program. In February 2021, PennDOT announced nine candidate bridge projects for inclusion in the program.
In July 2022, the General Assembly amended the state's P3 law to remove tolling as a means of funding the MBP3. This means PennDOT will have to reallocate currently programmed state funds and federal funds now available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will result in the deferral or elimination of some projects in the 2023 12-Year Program (TYP).
Because these bridges remain critical components of our intra- and interstate system and need to be replaced, these other sources of funding will be necessary to complete the projects.
10,493 job-years is equivalent to a total of 10,493 years of individual employment over the life of the project.
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