Category Archives: Take Back Infrastructure

Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge—Trouble For Gordie Howe?

The Canadian government has given businessman Matty Moroun approval to replace his Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON, raising questions about the future of the Canadian government’s P3 Gordie Howe Bridge. The Cdn $4-billion Gordie Howe Bridge project, … Continue reading

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Catalonian Secession Threatens Spanish Stability

Catalonia is boiling over. Streets have been taken over by massive crowds of marchers demanding their right to hold an independence referendum. Defying Madrid’s orders to stand down,  over two million Catalans voted on Oct. 1 to secede—92% of the … Continue reading

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Atlantia Wins Chile’s Vespucio Tunnel II

Italy’s Atlantia Spa, bidding through its local affiliate Grupo Costanera, beat a short list of international rivals and a Chinese state firm to win the DBFOM contract for the 5.2-km Americo Vespucio Oriente II (AVO II) tunnel, the final link … Continue reading

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Argentina And Abertis Settle Expropriation Claims

The Argentine government of president Mauricio Macri and Spanish highway operator Abertis recently agreed to a 10-year extension to 2030 of a 1994 concession of Buenos Aires’s principal toll highway, Autopistas del Sol (Ausol). The agreement ends years of contentious … Continue reading

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Spain Plans To Auction Bankrupt Toll Roads

Spain’s economic recovery has fueled a 10.5% average traffic jump on Spain’s bankrupt toll roads after almost a decade of falling revenues. The surge has prompted the Spanish government to draw up fresh plans for the sale of the tollroads, … Continue reading

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Public-Private Partnership Market Sags Under Trump

by William G. Reinhardt, Editor At recent meetings in Washington, D.C. construction industry CEO’s and the heads of three major P3 developers spoke alarmingly about the slow pace of deal flow and the dim prospects for repopulating the new business … Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Weak U.S. Deal Flow

At recent meetings in Washington, D.C. construction industry CEO’s and the heads of three major P3 developers spoke alarmingly about the slow pace of deal flow and the dim prospects for repopulating the new business pipeline during the next few … Continue reading

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Spain Unveils A Priority P3 Highway Program

Backed by EU infrastructure funds, Spain has unveiled a Euro 5-billion (US$5.7 billion) P3 highway modernization program known as Plan de Inversión Extraordinaria de Carreteras (PIC). Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy launched the “special priority” program, declaring that Spain had … Continue reading

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P3 Lite: The DBF Train Has Left the Station

The pushback on full DFBOM concessions will lead to more DBF projects, says Matt Walsh, co-chairman of Walsh Construction. “Like design-build, this train has left the station,” he says “and it’s going to pick up speed.” Tom Mulvihill agrees. As … Continue reading

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Value for Money Studies A Two-Edged Sword

P3 proponents are split on whether USDOT’s Build America Bureau’s (BAB) role in helping to standardize and promote the use of Value for Money studies to evaluate the benefits of alternative delivery of large projects. Some see VfM as an … Continue reading

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