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Leslie S. Richards

PTC ADVANCES GROUNDBREAKING FIBER OPTIC P3

In the summer of 2016, the state’s P3 Board approved the PA Turnpike’s proposal to initiate a P3 with a private entity to install a broadband network within Turnpike right-of-way.

The Turnpike will take on a private partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a fiber network along our system. The network will accommodate the PA Turnpike’s existing and future data communication needs and will allow the private entity to generate revenue from third-party broadband customers.

“The P3 approach makes sense for this project because we’re able to take advantage of the private sector’s experience and investment potential without diverting toll dollars from our capital program that remains focused on reconstructing and widening our existing roadway to make it safer and smoother customers,” said PA Turnpike Chair Leslie S. Richards.

In November, the PA Turnpike shortlisted four teams through a Request for Qualifications process. The formal Request for Proposals will be finalized in the spring of next year; the selection of the development entity is expected in late summer 2018. Construction could start in the spring of 2019.

The shortlisted proposers and more information on the project can be found here.

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