The state of Pennsylvania has been home to public-private partnerships (PPPs/P3s) for several years, many of them innovative such as the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. But, most of these projects have come in the area of transportation. Members of the state legislature are seeking to change that with a bill that would allow the use of PPPs to develop other types of infrastructure.
The kinds of projects that would be eligible under House Bill 2113‘s pilot program are water, wastewater and stormwater; schools and other educational infrastructure; government buildings; telecommunications infrastructure; and utility projects. The legislation divides the state into six regions and limits eligible projects to two in each of them. Additionally, the projects must be valued at more than $25 million.
The pilot program would run until the last project developed under it is completed. The bill’s author is Rep. Eli Evankovich.