15 June 2011
Update April 2013: The contract was awarded to the NYNJ Link Partnership.
Three consortia have been shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the US$1.6 billion replacement Goethals Bridge.
The teams shortlisted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) are:
- Goethals Bridge Development Group (ACS Infrastructure Development, Dragados USA, Gannett Fleming Engineers & Architects, Granite Construction Northeast, John Laing Investments, TY Lin International);
- Metro Bridge Partners (MNII USA II, PB Americas, Skanska Infrastructure Development, Skanska Koch, Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Traylor Bros);
- NYNJ Link Partnership (Kiewit Infrastructure; Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets, Parsons Transportation Group of New York, Transfield Services North America, Weeks Marine).
PANYNJ is due to issue the final request for proposals in the third quarter of this year with a deadline for responses before the end of this year. The aim is to complete construction of the project during 2017.
In its 2011 budget report in December 2010, PANYNJ said that the the decision to appoint a private entity to design, build finance and maintain the new Goethals Bridge was because the estimated US$1.6 billion replacement cost was unaffordable at this time. The funding approach gives it the ability to replace the bridge without ceding control of the toll structure or safety and operating standards.
The authority intends to arrange a payment to the unsuccessful bidders of up to US$1 million. In return, the authority intends to reserve the right to use any of the concepts or ideas submitted by unsuccessful teams. The payment is not intended as full compensation for the cost of preparing a proposal.
The bridge is required to have a minimum span length of 274m and a navigational clearance of 42m. An illustrative design for the new bridge shows a 275m-span cable-stayed structure carrying three lanes in each direction as well as a central corridor for future transit.