Granite drives off with $101M construction manager deal for highway upgrade

ConDig (08-Dec–20) Civil contractor and construction materials producer Granite Construction has secured a $101 million construction manager contract for the revamp of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, California.

Under the deal with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the contractor will oversee the addition of 1.7 miles of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in Santa Barbara County to reduce traffic congestion between Santa Barbara and Ventura.

The scope of work for Segment 4C includes the construction of a new HOV lane in each direction, reconstruction of the existing highway, and rebuilding two interchanges. 

The project improves motorist sight distance and enhances aesthetics throughout the corridor. Granite’s material facilities in Santa Barbara County will supply aggregates and asphalt concrete for the project.

The construction manager/general contractor procurement deal involves the contractor during the design and planning phases, offers a lower risk profile for both the contractor and the owner, increasing the overall value to taxpayers, according to Granite.

Construction on the project is underway and is slated to conclude in August 2023.

“The CM/GC process facilitates increased innovation and collaboration between Caltrans and Granite which reduces construction duration, costs, and risk,” said Caltrans Acting SB 101 Corridor manager David Emerson. “We are pleased to sustain our relationship with Granite on this multiyear project to improve our roads through SB1.”

Last month, Granite Construction secured an $18 million deal to provide sub-contract work on the revamp of the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Granite also announced last month that it had netted a $12 million contract to build a two-lane road connecting State Route 41 with Indian Springs Road, in Oakhurst, California.

Granite unveiled in October that it had bagged two airport projects in California and Alaska totaling $15 million. Granite landed a $16 million contract for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth in the Western Pacific.

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