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FDOT Receives Unsolicited Bid For Toll Road

LUTZ Jerry Stanley has spent 45 years building highways and bridges in Florida. Today, hes the $2 billion man.

Thats the estimated cost to build an elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor linking Wesley Chapel to New Port Richey. Stanleys International Infrastructure Partners submitted an unsolicited bid on June 11 to the Florida Department of Transportation to lease the right-of-way so his company could build and operate the 33-mile toll road.

What we submitted was a generic version of the proposal to ask FDOT to lease the right-of-way, Stanley said. They have decided it was worth proceeding so they asked for competitive bids. Im semi-retired now. I may have to come out of retirement if this all works out.

The FDOTs District 7 office last week advertised a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to see if any other firms can meet or beat Stanleys proposal. The proposals are due Oct. 23.

By Monday morning, the DOT had already received inquiries from 10 other firms.

Wow, said County Administrator Michele Baker said. Maybe thats why he submitted it so early he knew there would be a lot of competition. This northern loop concept its huge. Its a game changer for the Tampa Bay area. We know this is a valuable corridor.

Source: Laura Kinsler, TBO


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