United Bridge Partners was selected by the City of Bay City in August 2019 after a Request for Proposal process and subsequently executed an acquisition and development agreement in December 2019 for the Independence Bridge and Liberty Bridge located in Bay City, Michigan.
The Independence and Liberty Bridges are bascule bridges that serve as two of the four main crossings over the Saginaw River in Bay City. As part of the agreement with the City of Bay City, UBP will provide 100% of the funding to rehabilitate and modernize the Liberty Bridge and replace the Independence Bridge with a new structure. UBP will also provide all ongoing operations, maintenance, tolling back office, and customer service activities for both structures. UBP forecasts both projects to be completed in 2024.
The rehabilitated Liberty and new Independence bridges will utilize open-road, all-electronic tolling systems and will service approximately 16.5 million crossings per year. Both structures will also provide protected bike and pedestrian paths.
The original Cline Avenue Bridge was closed in 2009 and subsequently demolished after 26 years of service over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago, Indiana, located approximately 15 minutes southeast of Chicago, IL. Formerly owned and operated by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), over 35,000 vehicles traversed the bridge daily.
In 2012, UBP executed an Exchange Agreement with INDOT and subsequent Development Agreement with the City of East Chicago, committing 100% of the financing to design, construct, own, operate and maintain the replacement bridge. Construction commenced in November 2017, and the new 6,236-foot fixed-span concrete segmental bridge will reduce congestion and restore a vital link in Northwest Indiana.
The toll bridge will be supported by an open-road, all-electronic tolling system fully integrated with E-ZPass and I-PASS, and will carry an estimated 3.6 million crossings per year. UBP is also responsible for all long-term operations, maintenance, tolling back office, and customer service activities.
UBP was selected through a nationwide, competitive request for proposal process to serve as the financial partner with CenterPoint Properties, based in Chicago, IL, on the Houbolt Road Extension (HRE) project located in Joliet, IL.
UBP and CenterPoint Properties formed the HRE Joint Venture (HRE-JV), where UBP is providing the majority of the financing to design and construct a new 1.5-mile roadway extension, including a 0.4-mile bridge over the Des Plaines River. The HRE-JV will be responsible for long-term operations and maintenance including tolling back-office billings and collections. The project will include an open-road, all electronic tolling system integrated with E-ZPass and I-PASS, and is estimated to service approximately 3 million crossings per year.
This privately funded toll road will create a direct alternative route from I-80 in Joliet, IL into the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, which is the nation’s largest inland intermodal facility anchored by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad terminals. The HRE project is being completed in partnership with a publicly financed roadway improvement project at the I-80 and Houbolt Road interchange, which is administered by the City of Joliet in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Will County, IL.
United Bridge Partners was selected by the City of Parkersburg in February 2021 after a Request for Proposal process and subsequently executed an acquisition and development agreement in May 2021 to purchase, rehabilitate and operate the Parkersburg Memorial Bridge.
The Parkersburg Memorial Bridge is a steel truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio. As part of the agreement with the City, UBP will provide 100% of the funding to fully rehabilitate and modernize the Parkersburg Memorial Bridge. UBP will also provide all ongoing operations, maintenance, tolling back office, and customer service activities for the rehabilitated structure. UBP expects the rehabilitation to be complete and fully open to traffic in 2023.
The rehabilitated Parkersburg Memorial Bridge will include a new paint and coating system, a completely new deck, superstructure and substructure repairs, and upgraded lighting and other aesthetic treatments. When completed, the bridge will utilize an open-road, all-electronic tolling system and service approximately 4 million crossings per year.
Classified as structurally deficient and closed in late 2008 due to safety concerns, the original Jordan Bridge (circa 1928) provided a vital river crossing over the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch.
Through an Acquisition and Development Agreement with the City of Chesapeake, VA, UBP provided 100% of the funding to design, construct, own, operate and maintain the replacement South Norfolk Jordan Bridge (SNJB). UBP delivered the $143 million, 5,375 foot high-rise, fixed-span bridge at no cost to the City of Chesapeake in under two years from groundbreaking. UBP has been successfully operating and maintaining SNJB since it opened in October 2012.
This project restored a vital multi-modal transportation link between the cities of Chesapeake and Portsmouth, and eliminated former access barriers including weight restrictions and railroad crossings while supporting military readiness with direct access to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The structure also bolstered the city’s shipping capabilities by incorporating channel enhancements to accommodate Panamax sized vessels.
The bridge allows for continuous flow of cars, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians over the bridge, and ships, trains, and other vehicles can pass under the bridge. The bridge is supported by an open-road, all-electronic tolling system integrated with E-ZPass and services approximately 3 million crossings per year.