Predevelopment and design work advance for regional High Occupancy Toll Lanes Public-Private Partnership (P3) project
After a competitive procurement process, Accelerate Maryland Partners LLC (AM Partners) selected Tutor Perini (NYSE: TPC) as the design and construction (D&C) contractor for Phase 1 South of Maryland’s New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan. The Tutor Perini team includes O&G Industries, Lunda Construction and Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN).
Together with AM Partners, these joint venture teams bring 50 years of combined experience delivering complex transportation projects across the National Capital Region with more than one billion dollars subcontracted to small, disadvantaged, minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses in the region alone.
The Tutor Perini team will work alongside AM Partners to drive value and efficiencies in the project’s design, pricing, and delivery prior to submission of a committed section proposal and execution of the D&C Contract.
“A project of this scale demands a strong team with the track record to collaborate and innovate,” said Pierce Coffee, president of Transurban North America. “We are confident the Tutor Perini team is the right partner to optimize the project as we work together to continue designing one of the largest public-private transportation projects in the nation to keep Maryland’s travelers and its economy moving.”
The New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan is expected to deliver critical congestion relief by replacing and expanding the American Legion Bridge connecting Maryland and Virginia while providing opportunities for new multi-modal travel options on two of the nation’s busiest interstate highways. Phase 1 South is expected to reduce system wide delays by up to 38% during peak travel periods and reduce congestion-related delays on local roads by 4.8% daily. The Public-Private Partnership provides new investments in transportation options for transit, car-poolers, and bicycles and pedestrians which do not exist today.
The New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan is estimated to generate $12.6 billion in construction-related economic activity, support 43,400 job-years of employment (a job-year is one job lasting for one year) and boost regional labor income by more than $3.3 billion, based on a 2022 assessment report conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University.
“Tutor Perini is proud to partner with AM Partners and the Maryland Department of Transportation to advance a project that maximizes travel benefits and long-term economic value, while minimizing impacts to the communities of the I-495 and I-270 corridors,” said Ronald Tutor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tutor Perini. “We bring a strong record of meeting or exceeding project participation goals for disadvantaged businesses and bring to bear the strength of our union and non-union contracting partners to put people to work.”
The approval of the Record of Decision (ROD) by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the selection of a D&C contractor, are important milestones along the approvals pathway to advance this critical transportation project for Maryland.
Tutor Perini was selected by AM Partners to advance work for Phase 1 South A and Phase 1 South B. Phase 1 South A consists of I-495 from the vicinity of the George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-270. Phase 1 South B extends from I-270 at I-495 to I-370. Tutor Perini’s team includes O&G Industries (for Phase 1 South A), Lunda Construction (for Phase 1 South B), as well as Parsons Corporation as the lead designer for both Phase 1 South A and B components.
Commenting on behalf of Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association (MTBMA), Michael Sakata, President, and CEO said, “MTBMA supports the infrastructure improvements associated with this project that will deliver much-needed congestion relief and a new American Legion Bridge to travelers across the region. Boosting Maryland’s economic competitiveness in the region is imperative as is ensuring a fair, open, and competitive procurement process that is inclusive of all our members (union, open shop, veteran, small, woman, disadvantaged, and minority-owned businesses.)”
Commenting on behalf of Laborers Union LU11, Dennis L. Martire, LIUNA Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager said, “We are proud of our partnership with Tutor Perini, and we are excited to continue our partnership on the American Legion Bridge. I attribute the longevity of our partnership to our shared commitment to quality and safety. Together with Tutor Perini, we have created good, local jobs that bring workers into the middle class, and we look forward to doing that again on this critical project.”