Pa. Turnpike - Two Groups Bid for Lease

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 9:20pm.

At least two groups submitted undisclosed cash offers for the 75-year lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

One group is led by Spanish toll-road operator Abertis Infraestructuras SA, while the second group includes Spain's Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructura de Transporte SA and Australia's Macquarie Infrastructure Group, the newspaper said in a report on its website.

The firms were not immediately available to comment.

Morgan Stanley had advised Pennsylvania's government that a long-term lease of its roadway could cover the $1.7 billion for its annual highway and transit needs, estimating the value of the 500-mile highway at $12 billion to $18 billion, the report said.

Reuters - May 11, 2008 - posted at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 9:20pm.