Indiana closed its second availability payment-based P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 project. "Section 5" is the fifth of six planned sections to link Evansville, Indiana with Indianapolis. The RFQ for Section 5 was published on May 23, 2013 and the Indiana Finance Authority ("IFA") – once again partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation – never missed a deadline, achieving commercial close on April 8, 2014.
Indiana’s private partner is the I-69 Development Partners, with Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V., a Spanish-Dutch P3 developer (“IIN”) partnering with its affiliate, Corsan-Corviam Construccion, S.A., as its design-builder, and the joint venture of Arizona-based AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc. and Técnica y Proyectos S.A. (or “TYPSA”), as its designer. Regional and Indiana-based team members Burgess & Niple, Inc., E&B Paving, Inc. and others round out the concessionaire team. The I-69 Section 5 project involves reconstructing a 21 mile stretch of existing Indiana State Route 37 to interstate standards, a project with both rural and urban design features, underground geological “karst” challenges and located adjacent to the home of Indiana’s flagship state university in Bloomington.
The Section 5 marks IIN’s first stateside P3. IIN, with three other major international and domestic developers and regional P3 players, are also shortlisted for Indiana’s next P3 procurement, the Illiana/I65 Project, linking Northwest Indiana with the companion P3 project being procured by the Illinois Department of Transportation, creating alternative entry into the greater Chicago area.
I-69 Development Partners bid an attractive $21.78 million base year “maximum availability payment,” and also achieved a high technical evaluation score. Four shortlisted teams submitted proposals in response to IFA’s RFP and were evaluated in late January. A low bid and a high technical evaluation won IIN the day. Financial Close is expected in late June 2014.