- Briefing Room
Northern Metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||
Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
Route 3 North is an existing 21-mile limited access highway running north and south between the I-95/Route 128 circumferential highway around Boston and the New Hampshire border. The $385 million Route 3 North Transportation Improvements Project was designed to alleviate a number of significant transportation problems on this heavily utilized highway. The project was completed in spring 2005 and involved:
In 1999 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved special legislation to develop the Route 3 project on a P3 basis. The legislation enabled the creation of a special purpose, not-for-profit 63-20 corporation which would use lease payments pledged by MassHighway to issue bonds. Following the award of the Route 3 procurement to Modern Continental, the legislature established the Route 3 North Transportation Improvements Association. The Association is overseen by a three person board, with the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts serving as its chairman. The other two positions are filled by the Secretary of Administration of Finance and a designated member representing Modern Continental.
Modern Continental was responsible for arranging the placement of the bond and retained the services of Salomon Smith Barney and Mintz-Levin to do so on behalf of the Route 3 North Transportation Improvements Association. The Association issued $394.5 million in tax-exempt lease revenue bonds to finance the project on the Commonwealth's behalf. The bonds are secured by a 30-year lease between MassHighway and Route 3 North Transportation Improvements Association. The Commonwealth also made interest payments during the four year construction period. MassHighway's rent payments are made through an annual appropriation and cover debt service and the cost of operations and maintenance .
Tax-free revenue bonds issued by 63-20 public benefit corporation (backed by lease payments through an annual appropriation by the state legislature)
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||
63-20 - Design-build-operate (DBO) contract; best value award.
DBO contractor - Modern Continental Construction Company
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
Salomon Smith Barney - financial
Mintz-Levin - financial
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder - financial
URS - project engineer
|Duration / Status||
Completed early 2005