CHSRA Solicits Five Bids for HSR Construction South of Fresno
The California High Speed Rail Authority is issuing a request for proposals to five bidding consortiums who met the prequalification requirements. According to the Fresno Bee they include the winner of the first HSR construction segment from Madera to Fresno, Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons:
Among the construction teams that were pre-qualified earlier this year to bid on the project are a consortium which last year won a contract worth about $1 billion for the Madera-Fresno section: Tutor Perini Corp. of Sylmar, Zachry Construction of Texas and Pasadena-based Parsons Corp.
The other companies expected to vie for the second contract are:
California Rail Builders, a joint venture that includes Ferrovial Agroman U.S. Corp. and Granite Construction. Ferrovial is an American subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A., a Spanish company; Granite Construction is a California firm headquartered in Watsonville.
Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick, a consortium that includes Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spanish firms Grupo ACS and Dragados S.A.; Flatiron West Inc. of San Francisco; and Shimmick Construction of Oakland.
Golden State Rail Partnership, which includes OHL USA Inc., a subsidiary of Spain’s Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. and Samsung E&C America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Group.
Skanska-Ames Joint Venture, a team that includes Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc. (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Skanska) and Minnesota-based Ames Construction Inc.
The Golden State Rail Partnership bid is new, but the other four were among the finalists for the Madera to Fresno section of the project. The selection of Tutor-Zachry-Parsons brought some controversy at the time, largely from anti-HSR forces. We’ll see what those critics come up with this time to attack the winning bidder for this segment.
It’s worth noting that this construction contract is fully funded, using a combination of Prop 1A and federal stimulus funds. Unfortunately the Prop 1A bond funds are on hold pending the resolution of Judge Michael Kenny’s ruling against the Authority’s financing plan. Hopefully that gets resolved quickly so that construction can, at long last, finally begin in the Central Valley.