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August 9, 2011 > First High Speed Rail construction contract

First High Speed Rail construction contract

High Speed Rail Project on track; event for small businesses planned in Fresno

Submitted By Robin Adam

Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani praised the announcement by the California High Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA) of the planning details on the first construction contract packages for the project. The CAHSRA announced that the packages represent the start of construction on the backbone of the system in the Central Valley and are based on the approximately $6 billion in funding available at this time.

"The beginning of construction for California's 21st century High Speed Rail project will be the start of economic recovery for California and the Central Valley," according to Galgiani. "The announcement of these contracts is a tremendous opportunity for small businesses in the Valley and throughout California and will create thousands of jobs which will spur more economic growth."

The CAHSRA also announced it anticipates releasing the first request for qualifications (RFQs) within the next 90 days and then a request for proposals (RFPs) in early 2012. The agency is working to engage the small business community in the Valley and plans a small business-focused event in Fresno on September 8, 2011. For more information about the event call (916) 324-1541 or visit www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.

There are five initial construction contract packages.

A large design-build contract for a section of construction running from the San Joaquin River north of Fresno south through the city of Fresno to approximately East American Way. It will be 26 to 37 miles in length depending on the final alignment selected through the environmental process, including 12 grade separations, two viaducts, one tunnel and a major river crossing over the San Joaquin River. This package will be in the $1-2 billion range.

The remaining four are smaller, regional design-build construction packages in the $500 million - $1 billion range:

Approximately 28 miles from approximately East American Way in South Fresno south to approximately Hanford Aroma Road, including 20 grade separations and three viaducts.

Approximately 55 miles in length from approximately Hanford Aroma Road south to approximately Dresser Avenue, including 21 grade separations, one viaduct and four river crossings.

Approximately 14 miles from approximately Dresser Avenue south to approximately Allen Road, including two grade separations and one major viaduct.

A fifth package will follow to include all of the track work for the entire length of the initial construction section.

The following additional, early initial construction contract packages may be announced later: 1) Early procurement of up to four architectural/engineer contracts; 2) Early procurement of up to six construction management contracts; 3) An early procurement of a design-bid-build contract for the reconstruction of Fresno Street underpass in Fresno; 4) An early procurement of a design-bid-build contract for the construction of an aerial structure over the Union Pacific Railroad in Fresno.

Requests for additional information and questions should be directed to: Ted R. Blunck, Commercial Manager - California High-Speed Rail Project at (916) 431-2932 or email BlunckT@pbworld.com.

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