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USA: CHSRA recommends California Rail Builders for high-speed rail contract

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CHSRA recommends California Rail Builders for high-speed rail contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has recommended California Rail Builders $348million bid to design and construct a 22 mile portion of high-speed rail line through the Central Valley in California, running through Tulare and Kern Counties.

The CHSRA has singled out the company as the outstanding bidder for the design-build services portion of Construction Package 4. California Rail Builders, with Ferrovial Agroman US, has experience with high speed rail from over 65 international projects.

California Rail Builders bid is more than $150m than the clients estimated budget of $400million to $500million.

CHSRA CEO Jeff Morales said:

“We continue to attract world leading design and construction firms who want to be a part of high-speed rail in California.
“People are already and will continue to see major construction projects underway on over 100 miles of infrastructure in the Central Valley as we move this programme forward.”

Construction Package 4 comprises the construction of atgrade, retained fill and aerial sections of the alignment, as well as the relocation of four miles of existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks, and the construction of waterway and wildlife crossings and roadway reconstructions, relocations and closures.

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The CHSRA tender was issued in November 2014, when this phase of the construction of the high-speed rail like received state and federal environmental clearance. Five teams subsequently submitted proposals for the design-build services contract in November 2015.

This is the third section of track to be authorised so far; the first is a 29 mile line from Madera to Fresno, including a provisional $53million for additional work. The second section was authorised in December 2014, for around $1.3billion, which is for a 65 mile stretch running between Fresno to north of Bakersfield.

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