The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) is exploring options for a Public Private Partnerships (P3)

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Fact: The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) is exploring options for a public private partnership in various corridors, including I-70 East. But the first step is looking at the right qualifications for a partner—the characteristics, experience and skills that are most important to Colorado transportation users. Please take the following survey to help us understand your priorities.

Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 4.
Where 1 means Very high priority and 4 means Very low priority:

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Fact: One of the benefits of public private partnerships is that they can accelerate the construction phase and shorten the project timeline. Also, if there are schedule overruns, the private partner is responsible for those costs and penalties.

Q2: In exploring options for a public private partnership, what level of priority should be placed on shortening construction timelines?

  • Highest priority above all others (cost savings, design, size of project)
  • Medium priority (shorter timeline is just one among other priorities)
  • Lowest priority (other priorities such as cost savings, design and size are more important)

Fact: In Colorado’s largest highway transportation projects, a private partner designs and builds the project. Under a public private partnership where they also operate and maintain the road, they might use innovative designs to minimize long-term maintenance needs (i.e. investing more in a more durable structure to save maintenance costs later).

Q3: How important is it to you that the private partner is responsible for both the long-term design and maintenance of the transportation system?

  • Very important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not that important
  • Not important at all

Fact: On Colorado’s largest transportation projects, a preliminary design established by CDOT is then completed and constructed by a private partner. The private partner may also develop innovative designs to improve upon the original whether by adding new mobility features, technology, or finding ways to complete construction faster.

Q4: How important is it to you that the private partner use design innovations to:

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Fact: In a public private partnership, the public entity (such as CDOT) can set specific standards and requirements for maintenance, repair and operations which the private partner must meet in order to be paid. This applies to everything from pavement condition to guardrail repair to snowplowing to maintaining reliable travel times on tolled express lanes

Q5: How important to you is it for CDOT to control and enforce maintenance and operational standards as part of the public private partnership contract?

  • Very important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not that important
  • Not important at all

Fact: Major transportation projects generate significant local economic impacts in terms of job creation. Many public private partnerships set specific goals for local hiring, job training and partnering with local small businesses.

Q6: How important to you is it to establish goals with the private partner for local hiring, job training and small business contracting?

  • Very important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not that important
  • Not important at all

Fact: In traditional projects, a private partner designs and builds a project and then CDOT maintains it (snow plowing, guard rail repair, etc.). In a public private partnership, the private partner operates and maintains the road, hiring locally to do the snow plowing, repairs, and long-term maintenance.

Q7: When a private partner hires staff to do operations and maintenance, how important is it that employees are paid no less than their state employee counterparts?

  • Very important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not that important
  • Not important at all

Fact: Innovation in highway design and construction practices can mean more sustainable approaches to designing and building highway projects, such as High-Occupancy Vehicle access, building with sustainable materials, and creativity in addressing water and air quality, noise, and energy usage.

Q8: How important to you that the private partner emphasize innovation and sustainability in highway design, construction and operations?

  • Very important
  • Somewhat important
  • Not that important
  • Not important at all

Fact: Major transportation projects require strong communications and community outreach to inform area neighbors, businesses and stakeholders during construction. Finding the right partner on a project like I-70 East will emphasize their skills and creativity in communicating with all stakeholders.

Q9: Which communications method(s) do you prefer to receive? Select multiple options if applicable:

  • Email
  • Project website
  • Community meetings
  • Social media
  • Other

Fact: In a P3 transportation project, different approaches to construction and design can put emphasis on different priorities—such as minimizing construction impacts to the traveling public and nearby communities, enhancing the safety standards, staying on or under budget, completion ahead of schedule, or maximizing the scope and benefits of the project.

Q10: Rate in order the priorities for the I-70 East project (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Maximize scope of the project
  • Provide a quality product that minimizes maintenance costs
  • Enhance community values and project benefits
  • Protect safety of workforce and public
  • Minimize impacts to travelers and nearby communities

Fact: In some types of public private partnerships on highway projects with tolled Express Lanes, the private partner recoups its investment by collecting the tolls. In other types of P3 projects, the State collects the tolls, and the private partner recoups its investment through annual payments from the State.

Q11: In highway projects with tolled Express Lanes, which arrangement is preferential to you?

  • Private partner collects the tolls
  • Public entity collects the tolls
  • I don’t have a preference either way