Programs and Partnerships

P3 Initiatives

Program Update

Key Milestones
Date Event
July 31, 2014 ADOT announced selection of a P3 Design-Build-Maintain delivery approach for construction of the South Mountain Freeway in the event that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) indicates a preferred alternative rather than the no-build option. The South Mountain Freeway will be procured as a single project and will include a long-term maintenance component but will not include a private finance option.
June 10, 2014 ADOT, ICA and GEICO officially kicked off the Safe Phone Zone program as part of a GEICO sponsorship. The GEICO sponsorship is part ICA's P3 contract to maintain ADOT rest areas. More info…
Feb. 27, 2014 ADOT held an South Industry Forum on the South Mountain Freeway (Loop 202). More info…
Feb. 5, 2014 A Request for Information (RFI) was issued regarding the South Mountain Freeway (Loop 202).
Oct. 1, 2013 ADOT and ICA entered into a P3 contract to maintain ADOT rest areas.
Feb. 22, 2013 ADOT received an unsolicited proposal from the South Mountain Development Group to accelerate the delivery of the last leg of the South Mountain Freeway (Loop 202).
Feb. 7, 2013 Notice of Intent to Award was submitted to Vintage Partners. Negotiation of Pre-Development Agreement began.
April 5, 2012 Governor Brewer signed legislation that allows for enforcement of tolls and clarifies ADOT's authority.
April 4, 2012 Flagstaff Facility Project P3-12-01 Request for Qualifications and Conceptual Proposal was released to the public. This was the first P3 project released by ADOT.
July 13, 2009 Governor Brewer signed into law HB 2396, which allows the Arizona Department of Transportation to use public-private partnerships as a tool to address Arizona's transportation requirements.

Additional Milestones

Date Event
March 10, 2013 The Solar Project P3-12-02 closed, with no proposals submitted.
Feb. 22, 2013 TheReSOURCE Project P3-13-01 Request for Proposal was released to the public.
Dec. 19, 2012 Solar Project P3-12-02 Request for Proposal was released to the public.
Nov. 1, 2012 The first P3 Advisory Council meeting took place.
Oct. 15, 2012 A Request for Comprehensive Proposal was released to Red Development and Vintage Partners, the short-listed proposers from the Request for Conceptual Proposal released in April.
Aug. 18, 2011 ADOT announced that the suspension of unsolicited proposals (in Maricopa County) was lifted for highway projects that require the implementation of tolls.

The Office of P3 Initiatives is using an assortment of best practices and lessons learned from other states and jurisdictions around the country as the basis for building a strong Arizona P3 program. We are focused on the strategic development of ideas where engaging the private sector may enable an outcome that is more efficient, cost effective, sustainable or innovative.

Key aspects include continuous communication and outreach efforts, public input, coordination with regional and local governments, and long-term financial viability. The Office of P3 Initiatives will coordinate a strong external communications and outreach strategy into the overall program to ensure a transparent process that involves the public and key stakeholders.

We are hard at work managing our current Flagstaff facility P3 project, reviewing unsolicited project proposals and preparing them for open solicitation, analyzing potential projects based on the department's Five-Year Plan and Long-Range Plan, and identifying additional nonhighway P3 project potentials.

We also continue to engage in outreach meetings, conferences and presentations to local elected officials, regional Councils of Governments (COGs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and various other groups and organizations. The goal is to convey program information and strengthen public understanding of P3 opportunities. If you would like to request a P3 program presentation for your group, please send an email request to P3Office@azdot.gov.