Granite selected for two US road projects worth $520m

WCN Editorial Team 19 Dec 2018 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Granite Construction has been selected by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as the construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for the $410m Highway 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project, and for the $113m Cosumnes Bridge Replacement CM/GC project in Sacramento County.

Granite president and CEO James Roberts said: “This CM/GC negotiated work aligns perfectly with Granite’s footprint and our portfolio of services.

“Importantly, this type of procurement allows project owners the opportunity to select a contractor based purely on qualifications and the value they can add to the project delivery process.

“An increase of CM/GC procurement in California is the result of successful projects and Caltrans delivering on a promise of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1; The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) funding to strengthen the state’s infrastructure.”

Under the CM/GC procurement, the contractor will be involved during the design and planning phases. The procurement also offers a lower risk profile for the contractor and the owner, and increases the overall value to taxpayers.

Granite will use its national CM/GC expertise and local capability for these projects.

The Highway 101 project is the final phase of a larger programme to increase safety, mobility and relieve congestion along US 101 in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Scope of work includes the addition of 10.9 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

The Cosumnes Bridge Replacement project is located on State Route (SR) 99, in Elk Grove, California.

The project scope includes the removal and replacement of four bridges over the Cosumnes River and to relinquish an underpass railroad structure, requiring partial realignment of SR 99 southbound.

Backlog for these projects is expected to accumulate in 2019 and run through 2023.

Roberts said: “These recent CM/GC wins add to a growing roster of best-value projects on which we have focused our procurement efforts, emphasizing balanced risk and improving returns in our Transportation segment and across the Company.

“We expect to pursue more than $4 billion in CM/GC work in 2019 across the nation, including nearly $1 billion in California alone.

“The defeat of the Proposition 6 ballot measure in November cleared the way for these projects to move forward, with significant funding for the Highway 101 and Cosumnes Bridge projects provided by California’s 10-year, $54.2 billion investment from SB 1, as well as funding from local government measures.”

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Image: Granite selected for two road projects in California, US, worth $520m. Photo: Courtesy of Granite Construction Incorporated / Business Wire.

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