“We received three strong proposals from private investors that want to partner with us to provide new travel options and business opportunities for all Marylanders - bicyclists, pedestrians, buses and carpoolers and truckers," said Maryland transportation secretary Greg Slater. “This level of competition gives us the ability to choose the right partner, who can collaborate with us and key stakeholders in the community to deliver the highest value and most innovative design ideas for improved travel options, reduced environmental impacts, new transit connections and direct bike and pedestrian access across a new American Legion Bridge."

The shortlisted teams submitting proposals for Phase 1 are:

Accelerate Maryland Express Partners

  • Lead project developer/equity: Itinera Infrastructure & Concessions
  • Lead contractors: Halmar International and Itinera
  • Designers: Atkins North America and Gannett Fleming

Accelerate Maryland Partners

  • Lead project developer/equity: Transurban (USA) Operations and Macquarie Infrastructure Developments
  • Lead contractor: Transurban and Macquarie
  • Designers: Dewberry Engineers and Stantec Consulting Services?

Capital Express Mobility Partners

  • Lead project developer/equity: Cintra Global and John Laing Investments
  • Lead contractor: Ferrovial Agroman US Corp
  • Designers: Aecom Technical Services and HNTB Corporation?

The submission of proposals marks the end of nearly six months of collaborative dialogue with the teams.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) expect to announce the selected bidder in February. They will then seek to enter into an agreement with one of the teams to work on advancing plans for the new American Legion Bridge and associated improvements to the I-270 highway.

A deal for rebuilding the bridge was agreed in 2019 (link opens in new tab). The bridge opened in 1962 but has been operating beyond its capacity for decades.