The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has identified California Rail Builders as the apparent best value proposer for the design-build services contract for Construction Package 4, the next segment of construction through the counties of Tulare and Kern and the cities of Wasco and Shafter.
CHSRA had estimated the cost of Construction Package 4 to be between $400 million to $500 million, but has determined that California Rail Builders, who bid $347,557,000 million, presented the apparent best value.
“We continue to attract world-leading design and construction firms who want to be a part of high-speed rail in California,” said CHSRA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales. “People are already and will continue to see major construction projects underway on more than 100 miles of infrastructure in the Central Valley as we move this program forward.”
California Rail Builders, who is comprised of Ferrovial Agroman US Corp., has designed and constructed more than 65 high-speed rail projects worldwide. Over the past eight years, Ferrovial has been awarded seven major design-build contracts in North America totaling $8 billion.
In the competitive bidding process, five teams submitted proposals, which were evaluated and ranked based on 30 percent for technical merit and 70 percent price. Factors, such as an understanding of the project, schedule capacity, project approach and safety were part of the technical scoring.
Work on Construction Package 4 will extend approximately 22-miles through the Central Valley stretching from one mile north of the Tulare/Kern County line to Poplar Avenue north of Bakersfield. The work will include construction of at grade, retained fill and aerial sections of the alignment, relocation of four miles of existing BNSF tracks, construction of waterway and wildlife crossings and roadway reconstructions, relocations and closures.