SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today announced that five, “world-class construction teams” submitted qualifications to bid on the next 60-mile phase of high-speed rail construction from Fresno south to the Tulare-Kern County line near Bakersfield.
“These five, world-class construction teams represent international interest in helping deliver California’s high-speed rail project, a transformative investment in California’s future,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the Authority. “The Authority will carefully review these applications and select the most highly qualified firms to submit proposals to design and build the next 60 miles of high-speed rail.”
Statements of Qualifications were received by the following teams listed in alphabetical order:
In October, the Authority started the process of finding a design-build contractor by formally issuing a Request for Qualifications for Construction Project 2-3 (CP 2-3). Firms had until December 13 to submit their statement of qualifications.
The Authority will now review the applications and establish a list of the most highly qualified firms to provide design-build services for the project. Firms will be selected based on experience, technical competency, ability to perform and other factors. The qualified firms will then be eligible to submit formal design-build proposals in 2014.
The selected design-build firm will be responsible for delivering final designs for bridges, culverts, trenches and tunnels, utility relocations, aerial structures, grade separations, security and drainage. The environmental clearance for the route is already underway and is anticipated to be final by summer 2014.
The $1.5 to $2 billion design-build contract will bring thousands of jobs to the Central Valley, an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in California and the nation. The route will also provide environmental benefits, relieve roadway congestion and spur economic development.
For more information on the high-speed rail project and the design-build contract for CP 2-3, visit: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/