The Pennsylvania Public Private Partnership (P3) board recently approved three projects that will basically privatize Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work. The services will eventually be handled through a partnership with private companies and are a function of the state wanting to save time, raise money and improve efficiency.
Two of the three projects were proposed by local companies and involve infrastructure changes within the Department. The third project undertaken was started based on an idea put forward by PennDOT itself. While P3 has approved all the projects, it is not guaranteeing that companies that proposed them will automatically get the private contracts.
Bentley Systems Inc. in Exton advised PA to replace its aging system of issuing special hauling permits; hopefully with an automated system that it designed and is currently being used in other states.
Site Acquisition Services Inc. in Paoli recommends a program that it hopes to orchestrate, that would allow PA to charge rental fees for attaching wireless antennas and equipment on PennDOT owned bridges, signs, and buildings.
The state considered using a single entity, with a partnership agreement, to handle all the deteriorating bridges in Pennsylvania: maintenance, repairs, and replacements would all be included. The P3 board’s approval on the project will now make this suggestion a reality.