Transform 66 Procurement Support
Transform 66 Outside the Beltway constitutes a multi-billion dollar investment to improve mobility along the I-66 corridor near Washington, DC. Interstate 66 is a major east-west highway in northern Virginia that currently carries more than 159,000 vehicles a day. Due to increasing growth and mobility demands in the area, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation developed conceptual level plans in conjunction with a Tier II Environmental Assessment to increase the operational capacity and mobility for this corridor by constructing managed lane improvements for a 25-mile section of I-66 from US 15 to I-495 (Capital Beltway). The Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3) is actively moving forward with procurement activities for these improvements.
Through an on-call contract with VAP3, RS&H is providing specialized procurement support services for the Transform 66 P3 project. RS&H’s industry experts have been involved in several key aspects of the project’s development, including procurement document authoring, tolling strategy, proposer submissions reviews, Alternative Technical Concept process development, and document control. RS&H leveraged its extensive experience on large-scale design-build and P3 procurements to provide well-rounded guidance to VAP3.
In the fall of 2015, VAP3 issued a draft Request for Qualifications for industry review and input, and then shortlisted 13 proposers across three separate delivery methods. Conceptual financial proposals were received in November and the Commonwealth selected the design-build-finance-operate-maintain delivery method. In December 2015, VAP3 issued the draft Request for Proposal documents. Procurement activities began in January 2016, with an anticipated Selection of Preferred Proposer in September 2016 and Commercial Close by October 2016.