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On behalf of the PennDOT Office of Public-Private Transportation Partnerships (P3 Office), I’d like to introduce the P3 Office Bulletin. This will be our primary method of communicating updates to our P3 partners, and the most current source for PennDOT P3 Office news. 

Maintaining consistent and up-to-date communication with stakeholders is an essential part of our daily operations. Your input is critical in identifying and addressing PA transportation needs, which is most effective when all involved are properly and consistently informed. We thank you for your support and look forward to growing this bulletin in its reach and effectiveness as an ever-improving tool for innovation. 


Michael Bonini | Director
PennDOT Office of Public-Private Transportation Partnerships

P3 Project Updates

Rapid Bridge Replacement
(RBR) Project

On Friday, August 14, 2020, the Route 222 (Hamilton Street) bridge over Cedar Creek (JV-175) in the City of Allentown opened to traffic, marking the 558th and final bridge opening of the Rapid Bridge Replacement (RBR) Project, the largest bundled bridge project in Pennsylvania history.  
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Stations
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Trillium CNG opened the latest CNG fueling station in Erie, PA. This was the 19th station completed. Construction of the remaining stations is expected to be complete by 2024.

Partnership 81 Project Update

At the P3 Board Meeting on June 17, 2020, the Board approved requests to extend the project limits and pursue a Design-Build-Finance (DBF) contract for the Partnership 81 project.
The Partnership 81 project limits, originally spanning mile markers (MM) 163.3 to 168.7, now extend from MM 161.2 to 168.7; a 7.5-mile reconstruction in total. The primary reason for extending the project limits was to ensure three traveling lanes in both directions while maximizing the opportunity for private sector innovation.
The P3 Board also approved using Design-Build-Finance delivery to procure the project. After a review of project delivery alternatives, the project team determined that a DBF approach would provide the best opportunity to meet PennDOT’s goals.
PennDOT is currently conducting Preliminary Engineering and plans to host a Virtual Industry Forum soon to provide stakeholders with a virtual walkthrough of the project area. PennDOT also anticipates the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by the end of the year.

Unsolicited Proposals

The PennDOT P3 Office will be accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector from October 1 – 31, 2020. The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure.

During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

Upcoming Meetings

The next P3 Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Further details to follow.

To learn more about P3 in Pennsylvania, including active projects, visit

P3 Office Team

Larry S. Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning
Michael Bonini, Director
Joseph Gurinko, AICP, Deputy Director
James Nicastro, Project Manager
Madelyn Vergos, Executive Assistant
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