New York, 9 November 2020
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II (“MIP II”), announced that an agreement has been reached today to divest its 50% managed equity interest in Elizabeth River Crossings (“ERC”) as part of a full sale of ERC to Abertis and Manulife Investment Management, on behalf of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.). ERC’s facilities include the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and the MLK Freeway extension in the Hampton Roads, Virginia region.
ERC is a public-private partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation that commenced in 2012. Over the last eight years, ERC has successfully completed over $US1.4 billion of capital expenditure, including the rehabilitation of the Downtown and existing Midtown Tunnels, the construction of a new parallel Midtown Tunnel and the extension of the MLK Freeway/U.S. 58 to I-264. Upon completion of the New Midtown Tunnel, the full complement of ERC facilities has provided the traveling public safe and reliable passage between Portsmouth and Norfolk, with tunnel availability of over 99%.
ERC has also replaced the I-264 pedestrian bridge and installed the Elizabeth River Trail pedestrian bridge over U.S. 58 East. The rehabilitation of the Downtown & Midtown Tunnels brought the tunnels up to National Fire Protection Association standards and included replacing existing lights with energy-efficient LEDs.
Karl Kuchel, CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, said: “We are proud to have partnered with VDOT and ERC management and staff over the last eight years to deliver improved transportation infrastructure to the Hampton Roads region. Public-private partnerships are an important part of closing the infrastructure gap in the United States and ERC is a clear example of this, with major infrastructure improvements being implemented on schedule and on budget.”
The sale agreement is subject to regulatory and other closing conditions and the parties are working expeditiously toward closing. RBC Capital Markets, LLC acted as sell-side financial advisor and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP acted as legal counsel.
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