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Caltrans awards US $79m contract to construct Highway 101 in California

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded US $79m contract to US-based Granite Construction to construct the Highway 101: Carpinteria project in Santa Barbara County, California; US. The 17.5km project forms one part of five sections that will be built. The estimated construction contract value for the remaining segments is approximately US $400m.

According to Granite executive vice president and chief operating officer Kyle Larkin, the project is critical to the safety and mobility of one of the state’s most congested highways. “As the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC), Granite is proud to be partnering with Caltrans, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and the City of Carpinteria on this project and pleased to see local and state tax dollars from Measure A and Senate Bill 1 being put to work,” he added. The construction firm was selected as the CMGC for the entire Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project in late 2018.

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The construction works

As part of the contract, Granite will be responsible for the full reconstruction and addition of 4.8km of new high occupancy vehicle lanes, on- and off-ramp improvements, and construction of new sound walls as well as improvements to local streets and intersections.

The road project will also involve about 64,000 cubic yards of excavation, 55,000 tons of aggregate, 39,000 cubic yards of reinforced concrete pavement, 29,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt and 14,300 linear feet of concrete barrier. Hot-mix asphalt and aggregate materials will be provided by its nearby Santa Paula Hot Plant, Bee Rock Quarry and Gardner facility.

Construction is expected to commence this month and is estimated to be finished by summer 2022.

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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