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I thought I gave it to you -- sorry!  Here's the series on Unbossed, and here's just one of the links describing the birth of E-470.  Some excerpts:

It's tempting to say E-470 is just another highway, albeit one that requires tolls, but the road is significant for a number of reasons.

It's one of the first in the nation built with a public-private partnership. It's one of the first to have technology embedded in the road to read and gather electronic tolls. And it's among the first to be built with a design-build contract.

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Whereas most roads are built by public officials acting for a city, state or county, E-470's first board included developers who donated right-of-way land to the project.

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Pushed to the brink, E-470 notched another first: signing a public-private partnership with the contractor, Morrison Knudsen (now known as Washington Group International), chosen to design and build Segments II and III, to help it find financing.

The contracts were groundbreaking in several ways.

"Design-build" contracts, where the contractor takes an idea and does both the design and the construction, were new.

Typically, the owner -- such as a county, state or authority -- would pay one firm to do the design and then pay another contractor for the construction. Design-build contracts package the two jobs into one to save time and money. Today, the same design-build concept is being used to build the T-REX highway widening and light-rail project along I-25.

And bringing the contractor in on the financing side made the project a true "public-private partnership," Hogan said.

There's a lot more, but it's the same set-up as the road in France.  They're calling it a public-private partnership (ppp) but it all amounts to the fact that the government and the citizens don't "own" the road.  The government still does have an interest in it, as did France, but could divest themselves of it at any time.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 18th, 2006 at 03:35:34 PM EST
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