California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: Friday, June 28, 2011
District: 6 
Contact: Jose L. Camarena
Phone: 559-488-4067

Caltrans awards its first innovative design-build project

FRESNO – Caltrans today announced that it has awarded its first design-build project – the State Highway 99 Chowchilla Rehabilitation Project – to Granite Construction Company. Caltrans will utilize the design-build project delivery method, which streamlines a project by overlapping the design and construction phases. The project could be completed up to a year ahead of schedule by using design-build.

“Caltrans is taking advantage of innovative solutions like design-build to be more efficient and get the most out of taxpayer’s investments in our transportation system,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Design-build is currently being used in 32 other states. Caltrans obtained design-build authority in February 2009 with the passage of Senate Bill 4 (second extraordinary session). The legislation established a demonstration program, which allows 10 design-build projects for Caltrans and five for local transportation agencies, subject to authorization by the California Transportation Commission.

The project will repair nearly four miles of Highway 99 in both directions in Chowchilla from the South Madera Overcrossing to the Avenue 16 Overcrossing. Existing guardrail, lights, signs, and drainage systems within the project limits will also be upgraded or repaired, as needed.

"Highway 99 is the transportation backbone of the Central Valley and one of the primary corridors through Madera County," said Caltrans District 6 Interim Director Sharri Bender-Ehlert. "This project will save tax dollars by decreasing maintenance expenses and ensuring goods and services are delivered safely and efficiently.”

Construction on the $37 million project is planned to begin in mid-July 2011 and is estimated for completion by December 2012.

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