Michael Baker appointed lead designer for $673m road project in US


US-based engineering, planning and consulting services company Michael Baker has been selected as lead designer of the Lane-Security Paving joint venture team that is responsible for the $672.9m Interstate 10 Corridor Express Lanes design-build project in San Bernardino County in the US state of California.

The project is being taken up to reduce traffic congestion, increase throughput and enhance regional mobility in the Inland Empire, a metropolitan area and region in southern California.

Michael Baker will be responsible for managing the overall design process. This includes ensuring that the design meets the schedule and established design criteria and interacting directly with the design-build contractor to integrate design and construction.

It will also be responsible for roadway, structure, maintenance of traffic (MOT), drainage, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), tolling design, landscape architecture and survey activities.

Michael Baker Southern California transportation lead Steve Huff said: “Our team is uniquely suited to deliver a design-build project of this scale.

“We employ an integrated, collaborative approach that draws on our extensive highway design and design-build experience, coupled with our long-established reputation for delivering significant infrastructure improvement projects across California.”

Under the first phase, design and construction on 11 miles of improvements will be taken up to implement two express lanes in each direction of I-10 from the Los Angeles/San Bernardino County line to east of the I-10/I-15 interchange.

The project also includes reconstruction and/or modification of existing ramps at 10 interchanges, seven local arterials and 26 structures, including box culverts and retaining walls and sound walls.

Addition of express lanes has been chosen as the preferred long-term solution to relieving congestion in all lanes. Express lanes use technology to measure the congestion level on the freeway and set a toll based on volume, where prices are highest during peak hours.

CH2M HILL Engineers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group and Michael Baker’s principal sub-consultant, will provide support on roadway, structure, drainage and MOT design for two of the four segments and lead the geotechnical design for the corridor.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2023.


Image: A rendering of the I-10. Photo: courtesy of The Lane Construction Corporation.

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