Turnpike nixes idea of a joint contract for tunnel upgrades to avoid borrowing more money

Ed Blazina | Monday, April 22, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Turnpike won’t bundle the rehabilitation of five tunnels under one contract because it shouldn’t borrow the upfront money it would need for the project.

That’s the conclusion turnpike chief engineer Brad Heigel announced last week in a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships. Although the project has “definite, tangible merits,” Mr. Heigel said, the agency isn’t in a position to borrow up to $350 million it could take to fund the project and doesn’t want to defer other work in favor of the tunnels.

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