Many government officials see public-private partnerships as a convenient solution to their infrastructure woes. Enlisting investors and private sector know-how gets roads, bridges and other projects built long before government could do the work on its own.
Virginia not only leads other states in working with private developers to build roads, but tops several countries, including Australia, Belgium and Canada. Virginia trailed only Great Britain in private-public contracts in 2012. Virginia signed off on about $3 billion in projects last year, Britain had nearly $4.5 billion.