Port of Long Beach Issues RFQ for Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

On Wednesday, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the $950 million Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project for one of 10 state project slots available under California’s Design-Build Demonstration Program. 

The CTC’s approval authorizes the Port of Long Beach and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to deliver the project using the best-value design-build method contemplated under the program.  The Port of Long Beach and Caltrans released the request for qualifications (RFQ) for the project’s design-build contract on November 5, 2010.   

"The new bridge will be an iconic structure for Long Beach that modernizes the Port and puts thousands of people to work over the 5-year building period," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.  “It is precisely the right project at the right time for California.”

The Port of Long Beach is one of the largest and busiest Ports in the world and functions as a major inter-modal center for cargo movement throughout the Western United States and beyond.  As the first cable-stayed bridge ever built in California, the new Gerald Desmond Bridge will be landmark for the Port and its surrounding communities.

As a top-tier project at one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking port facilities in the world, the Port of Long Beach expects a high level of interest in this project among the major national and global construction and engineering firms.

Points of Interest:

  • $950 million project
  • Complex construction of the first cable-stayed highway bridge in California
  • Final EIR/EA issued in July 2010
  • CEQA certified on August 9, 2010
  • Project cleared the environmental process on September 23, 2010
  • Received design-build authority from the California Transportation Commission on November 3, 2010

Port of Long Beach's $1B Gerald Desmond Bridge Project Reaches Major Milestone

The Port of Long Beach, one of the largest and busiest Ports in the world and a major inter-modal center for the cargo movement throughout the Western United States and beyond, has reached a major milestone in the approximately $1B plan to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge on a design-build basis using the authority granted by California’s design-build demonstration program. As the first cable-stayed bridge ever built in California, the project is expected to be a landmark structure for the Port and surrounding communities.

On September 30, the Long Beach City Council approved the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project. The federal environmental approval for the Project is imminent, awaiting only a final signature. The Port expects to issue a request for qualifications as early as the first week in November following the anticipated approval of the project under the design-build demonstration program by the California Transportation Commission. There will be a lot of interest in this project among the major global construction and engineering firms. It’s a signature project at one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking port facilities in the world.

Points of Interest:

  • $1B design-build project
  • Received approval from Long Beach City Council on September 30, 2010
  • Innovative procurement under the same California statute as P3s
  • Complex construction of first cable stay bridge on this scale in California history
  • A vital route for cargo, the bridge carries about 15 percent of the nation’s goods

A Look At 2009's Major US P3 Transactions

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  Dickens could have been describing 2009, as the P3 market continued to look strong, notwithstanding the economic downturn. Last year three significant P3 deals reached financial close in the United States: in March the I-595 in Florida, in October the Port of Miami Tunnel also in Florida, and mid-December the North Tarrant Express in Texas. All were remarkable in their own right, and cumulatively earned Nossaman the top spot in Infrastructure Journal’s league tables in the North American Transport P3 legal advisor category. 

We take a look back at what made the deals remarkable and what 2010 might bring…

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Florida Department of Transportation Closes $900 million Port of Miami Tunnel Project PPP

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), announced at a press conference in Miami today that it has reached financial close on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project

FDOT, in partnership with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, entered into an agreement with MAT Concessionaire, LLC (MAT) which includes Meridiam Infrastructure Finance, S.a.r.l. and Bouygues Travaux Publics as equity members. The $900 million public-private partnership (PPP) deal uses an availability payment structure that provides for payment to MAT over 30 years after completion of construction, which is expected to occur in five years. This is the second transportation infrastructure project in the United States to use an availability payment structure, following the recently closed FDOT I-595 Corridor Improvements Project

Financing for the project includes a $341 million low-cost federal loan through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, equity contributions from MAT, and $330 million in loans from the following senior lenders:

  • BNP Paribas
  • Banco Bilbao Bizcaya Argentina
  • RBS Citizens
  • Banco Santander
  • Bayerische Hypo
  • Calyon, Dexia
  • ING Capital
  • Societe Generale
  • WestLB

The Port of Miami Tunnel will link the Port of Miami facilities on Dodge Island with MacArthur Causeway and I-395 via twin 42’ diameter tunnels under Biscayne Bay, increasing the Port’s competitiveness and relieving congestion in downtown Miami by diverting passenger and freight traffic to I-395 and improving access to I-95. The project also includes widening of MacArthur Causeway and other roadway improvements.

Bouygues Civil Works Florida, Inc. will design and construct the project with engineering assistance from Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. VMS, Inc. will serve as the lead operations and maintenance contractor. In addition to Nossaman, FDOT’s advisors include Jeffrey Parker & Associates (financial), Parsons Brinkerhoff and T.Y. Lin (technical), and Marsh (insurance).