CHSRA to Start Bidding Process Within Three Months
According to the San Francisco Business Journal, bidding for the Central Valley segment of the high speed rail project is slated to begin within the next three months:
“We anticipate releasing the first request for qualifications (RFQ) within the next 90 days and then a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2012,” the California High-Speed Rail Authority said in an email to businesses….
The High-Speed Rail Authority said the bidding process stems from plans to break ground next year on a 100 mile section of track in the Central Valley. The project has a budget of about $6 billion.
The full email can be viewed here. Some excerpts:
As a reminder we anticipate releasing the first request for qualifications (RFQ) within the next 90 days and then a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2012.
Additionally, we are eager to continue engaging the small business community and are planning a small business focused event in Fresno on September 8th. Please check our calendar for more details.
And the details of what will be in the five construction packages:
Initial construction will be divided into five (5) packages as follows:
* A large design-build contract for a section of construction running from the San Joaquin River north of Fresno south through the city of Fresno to approximately East American Way. It will be 26 to 37 miles in length depending on the final alignment selected through the environmental process, including 12 grade separations, 2 viaducts, 1 tunnel and a major river crossing over the San Joaquin River. This package will be in the $1-2 billion range.
* Smaller design-build construction packages in the $500 million – $1 billion range will be divided regionally as follows:
o Approximately 28 miles from approximately East American Way in South Fresno south to approximately Hanford Aroma Road, including 20 grade separations and 3 viaducts.
o Approximately 55 miles in length from approximately Hanford Aroma Road south to approximately Dresser Avenue, including 21 grade separations, one viaduct and 4 river crossings.
o Approximately 14 miles from approximately Dresser Avenue south to approximately Allen Road, including 2 grade separations and 1 major viaduct.
* A fifth package will follow to include all of the track work for the entire length of the initial construction section.
This process needs to get underway this year if the September 2012 deadline for using federal stimulus money is to be reached. While HSR critics would love to derail that timeline, state and federal officials, as well as most local electeds along the Central Valley route, remain supportive of the project and committed to meeting the September 2012 deadline.
And of course, this means lots of desperately needed construction jobs in the Central Valley. The recession is ongoing, and is in fact becoming worse thanks to austerity and spending cuts. The stimulus did help provide an economic boost that is fading as stimulus cash runs out. This will be a much needed shot in the arm for the California economy.
Who will bid? What will the bid terms be? That’ll be something this blog watches very closely in the months to come.