GDOT to issue broadband, tech RFQs

Exclusive: The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is to issue two new requests for qualifications (RFQs) early next year for broadband and wireless antenna projects, P3 Bulletin can reveal.

P3 director Joe Carpenter told delegates at the P3 Hub South that the projects will go to market in February 2018, as the agency continues its wider transportation program.

The broadband deal will encompass all of the DOT’s interstate systems and will be valued at “a low of $500m”, according to Carpenter. The wireless antennas scheme will support 5G and has yet to be valued.

GDOT is working with EY to develop the proposals, which will see one deal being procured as a pre-development agreement.

Carpenter also confirmed that a series of DBFOM projects will come in to procurement in 2019, including deals for the SR 400 Express Lanes. This comes as part of the agency’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP).

In addition, Carpenter told delegates to expect new potential projects following the gubernatorial elections in November next year.