Vinci-Bilfinger team preferred for major Indiana PPP

WVB East End Partners, the consortium led by Vinci Concessions (33.3%) with Walsh Investors (33.3%) and Bilfinger Berger PI International Holdings (33.3%), has been named preferred bidder for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the US$1bn East End Crossing segment of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The client is the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA).

The public-private agreement is for a 762m cable-stayed bridge across the Ohio River that will link Louisville, Kentucky to Southern Indiana.

Works also include a 512m-long twin-bore tunnel on the Kentucky approach to the bridge, 19 additional bridges, plus associated roadway improvements and other related infrastructure work.

The works, scheduled to take 3.5 years, will be executed by a design-build joint venture including Walsh Construction (60%), Vinci Construction Grands Projets (40%) and Jacobs Engineering for the engineering works.

Construction is set to commence in the summer of 2013 and completion is expected by autumn 2016.

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