Gov. Rauner, IDOT seeking innovative solutions on highway lighting, ‘smart’ infrastructure investment

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Potential P3 would modernize aging equipment, improve safety, save taxpayers money

information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 22, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation today issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) for private sector firms interested in partnering with the state to replace its aging highway lighting infrastructure with energy-efficient equipment that includes smart technology. The proposed public-private partnership (P3) will improve safety, spur investment in Illinois, and support Governor Bruce Rauner’s directive for state agencies to embrace innovative solutions that save taxpayers money.

“The lighting equipment on our highways is old, inadequate, and in serious need of an upgrade,” said Illinois Transportation Randy Blankenhorn. “Working with the private sector, we can learn about best practices and cost-effective ways to provide the public with better service, while also paving the way for the next generation of transportation.”

Under Rauner’s leadership, IDOT is seeking ideas on how private firms and other interested parties can invest and partner with IDOT on modernizing and maintaining more than 30,000 light poles, some of which are more than 40 years old.

The RFI asks for proposals to include details on converting to more efficient LED lighting and adding infrastructure that will improve network connectivity in Illinois, potentially accommodating connected and autonomous vehicles. Information is also sought on expanding data collection to assist with traffic monitoring and incident management.

Responses to the RFI are due September 21. One-on-one meetings between IDOT and potential partners will be held a later date, with possible procurement opportunities next year, pending passage of a joint resolution by the General Assembly.

For more information, email [email protected].

To submit an RFI, visit the IDOT website.

Bid is due September 30, 2018.