Arizona P3 chief joins private sector

Gail Lewis has left the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to join an advisory firm.

Lewis has joined engineering giant HDR’s transportation practice as a principal advisor on the program management team.

Located in Phoenix, Lewis will provide infrastructure advisory services to assist clients with long term strategic planning to adapt to changes in the transportation industry. Her expertise includes evaluating policies and the application of strategic and innovative project delivery models, including public-private partnerships (P3s).

Lewis will guide clients through the analysis of project finance alternatives, capital planning, asset and data management and systems operations. Her established industry partnerships and alliances will be instrumental in program development.

“Transportation is changing rapidly, with new technologies and changing public demands,” said Lewis. “It is increasingly about the crossover of planning, economic development and smart city-region policy issues. The ability to be in front of both the technology and the intersection of other disciplines presents an exciting opportunity.”

She was the director of P3 Initiatives and concurrently served as senior advisor for international affairs, with a focus on Arizona-Mexico border issues. While at ADOT, she helped plan, develop and implement several P3 projects.

“Gail brings a wealth of public sector experience that will be a great resource for our clients navigating the world of alternative delivery, the newest technologies and community transformation on both regional and international fronts,” said Ken Smith, HDR’s transportation program management director.

Meanwhile the Norwegian government has issued a request for qualifications for the largest road project in the country’s history which is to be delivered with a P3. Statens Vegvesen (Norwegian Public Roads Administration) will hold an information meeting on the Rv. 555 Sotrasambandet (national road 555 Sotra Connection) P3 on January 21, 2020 in Bergen. Registration is required by January 15, while responses to the RFQ are due by February 28. For more information, click here