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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) last week identified the consortium of Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick as the "apparent best value" team for the design-build contract for the next 65-mile section of high-speed rail line from Fresno to north of Bakersfield.
The team's $1.2 billion bid was less than the authority's $1.5 billion to $2 billion estimated cost for construction package No. 2-3, which involves the continued construction of the high-speed rail line to the south. The line will be built 65 miles from the terminus of construction package No. 1 at East American Avenue in Fresno to one mile north of the Kern-Tulare County line.
Construction package No. 2-3 includes 36 grade separations in the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kings, including viaducts, underpasses and overpasses. Three teams submitted proposals for the contract and were evaluated and ranked based on 30 percent for technical merit and 70 percent for cost, CHSRA officials said in a press release. Factors such as an understanding of the project, schedule capacity, project approach and safety were part of the technical scoring.
In October 2013, the authority issued a request for qualifications for potential design-build teams interested in the contract. Five teams were qualified and began competing for the contract earlier this year, with three teams submitting proposals in late October.
CHSRA will continue to work through the ongoing procurement process and a contract will be presented to the board in the coming weeks, authority officials said.