Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) will push to establish public-private partnerships for two transportation projects as his second and final term comes to a close in January.
The state is currently considering two P3 projects – express lanes for Route 3 south of Boston and a third bridge across Cape Cod Canal.
“The resources we have to pay for these improvements are limited, and that requires us to think creatively about how we deliver the projects people want responsibly,” Patrick said Oct. 16 at a news conference, reported WWLP. “And public-private partnerships are one of these creative solutions.”
For Route 3, the state plans to add managed or express toll lanes with dynamic pricing to ease rush hour traffic. One option could allow tolls be changed based on time of day, while another tolling option would adjust prices depending on the volume of traffic, Transportation Board Senior Counsel Owen Kane said.
Kane presented two options for a new Cape Cod Canal bridge. One would cross the canal between the two existing bridges, both built in 1935. Another option calls for a twin bridge to be built next to Sagamore Bridge.
Patrick told reporters he will launch the projects before Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey leaves office later this year.
“One of the things we’d like to try to do before Rich and I leave office at the end of this year is to launch a couple of projects to practice, to get used to PPP here in the Commonwealth, and get folks comfortable with their potential, with their efficiency, with the opportunity,” said Patrick.