Granite JV wins £218m highway construction contract in California


Full-service general contractor Granite and its joint venture (JV) partner Teichert, an infrastructure and site development contractor, have secured a $275m (£218.5m) contract from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the SAC 5 Corridor Enhancement Project in Sacramento, California.

The $370m (£294m) project involves the rehabilitation of 67 lane miles of Interstate 5 (I-5) starting south of the Elk Grove Boulevard Overcrossing and extending to the American River Viaduct.

Under contract, the JV will be responsible for adding 23 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, eight maintenance vehicle pullouts, two sound walls, replacement of a pedestrian overcrossing and installation of fibre optic lines.

Additionally, the JV will recycle existing concrete pavement and other materials onsite to reduce waste and cost as well as minimise truck haul trips.

Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in summer 2019 and is planned to be completed by fall 2021.

Work for the SAC 5 Corridor Enhancement Project also includes update curb ramps to meet current ADA standards; construction of eight new maintenance vehicle pullouts and update the gore paving at 24 ramps to reduce maintenance worker exposure to live traffic and improve worker safety.

It also includes addition of new HOV or bus/carpool lanes; and construction of two new sound walls (0.7 mile) near Freeport Blvd and Pocket Road.

Last month, Granite has been selected for $505m (£401m) higher-speed rail project by Virgin Trains USAFlorida for their expansion to Orlando, Florida.

Under the contract, Granite will be responsible for overseeing Zone 3 encompassing 35.5 miles of rail alignment between Orlando International Airport and Cocoa.

The scope of work includes approximately 525,000 cubic yards of excavation, five million cubic yards of embankment fill, 1.2 million ft² of mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall, 2,000 cubic yards of cast in place concrete retaining wall, 18 new bridges, among others.

Image: Granite joint venture will add 23 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Sacramento, California. Photo: Image by Johannes Plenio from Pixabay.

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