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June 15, 2012 > VTA awards $45M construction contract

VTA awards $45M construction contract

Improvements include preparation for future BART service

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) Board of Directors voted on June 7, 2012, to authorize VTA's General Manager to execute a $45,040,277 contract with RGW Construction, Inc. for the Mission/Warren/Freight Railroad Relocation (MWT) Program improvements. Five bids were submitted and RGW submitted the lowest responsible bid, which came in at 29.6 percent below the Engineer's Estimate.

The MWT Program improvements in the City of Fremont include widening Mission Boulevard (State Route 262) to three lanes in each direction from Interstate-880 to Warm Springs Boulevard and constructing Kato Road on/off ramps, relocating Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) freight tracks, depressing Warren Avenue to separate it from the UPRR freight tracks and the future BART tracks and install new railroad, maintenance and BART bridges where both rail systems cross over the two roadways. Construction is anticipated to begin in July 2012 with completion by January 2015.

The project, a joint effort by the City of Fremont, Alameda County Transportation Commission and VTA, will enable frequent BART service in the future, increase safety and reduce traffic congestion in the area.

The MWT Program contract is funded by a combination of Federal, State, Alameda County, City of Fremont and Santa Clara County 2000 Measure A funds. VTA advertised the MWT Program contract on March 30, 2012 and accepted bids on May 4, 2012. Contractor pre-qualification was required for the contract. After an extensive bid review process, VTA staff recommended awarding the contract to RGW Construction. RGW has performed work for VTA in the past, including the State Route 152/State Route 156 and US 101/Tully Highway Interchange projects.

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