Sterling Construction JV wins $200m highway contract in Colorado, US


A joint venture between Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company (RLW), a subsidiary of Sterling Construction Company, and SEMA Construction has won a contract to design and perform the reconstruction work on I-25 in Weld and Larimer counties in Colorado.

Under the contract, awarded by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the joint venture partners will widen a stretch of Interstate 25 in the vicinity of Mead, about 35 miles north of Denver between SH-66 and the SH-402 Interchange.

Following the successful completion of design finalisation and execution of the construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) contract, the project is estimated to exceed $200m and is expected to begin construction in mid-2019.

In addition, Sterling and SEMA will widen the highway from two lanes in each direction to accommodate two general purpose lanes and one express lane in each direction.

Apart from the roadway widening, all interchanges within the project limits will be reconstructed, which includes replacing the existing bridges.

Sterling CEO Joe Cutillo said: “The selection of our joint venture with SEMA by CDOT for this major highway project is representative of our strategy to pursue heavy highway awards where we can deliver greater value to the project owner through our extensive design-build capabilities.

“Mead and its surrounding communities comprise a rapidly growing suburb within the greater-Denver area and there is a pressing need to accommodate increasing vehicular traffic as well as enhance various multi-modal connections.
“Colorado is an important part of our strategic growth plans throughout the Rocky Mountain region for our heavy civil construction business, and we are very excited about this and other upcoming opportunities.”

In August 2016, RLW has been awarded a $21.5m contract by the Colorado Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Crossroads Bridge on I-25 in Larimer County, Colorado.

The scope of the contract included the reconstruction of the I-25 interchange at Crossroads Boulevard and the associated roadway.


Image: Sterling Construction JV wins $200m highway contract in Colorado. Photo: Courtesy of Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash.

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