Jacobs Engineering Group has secured a contract to provide design services for the Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3) of the California High Speed Rail (HSR) in the US.
The deal represents the continuation of construction on the California high-speed rail system south towards Kern County.
Jacobs is the lead designer for the Dragados-Flatiron joint venture (JV) for the design-build contract and is responsible for the infrastructure design.
The California HSR, which will have operating speeds of up to 220mph, stretches from San Diego to San Francisco and includes connections in major cities along the alignment such as Los Angeles, Burbank, Palmdale, Bakersfield, Fresno and a spur to Sacramento.
The CP 2-3 is expected to provide 65 miles of infrastructure improvements required for the future HSR, including more than ten million yards of new HSR embankment, 23 HSR structures and 32 new roadway grade separations.
The project also covers a 65-mile portion of the 120-mile initial construction segment, which will be used as a test track for vehicles before being put into service.
Jacobs Group vice-president Randy Pierce said: "This project is one of the largest in the state’s history and, once completed, should provide the travelling public with a fast, clean alternative stretching from Southern to Northern California."
Earlier this June, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has awarded a $1.23bn contract to the joint venture comprising Hochtief subsidiary Flatiron and Dragados USA, to build a 60-mile stretch of the planned 520-mile high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, US.
The design-build project for the segment is called as California High Speed Rail Package 2-3. The project runs through California’s Central Valley, the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kings, and the cities of Hanford, Corcoran and Allensworth.
Work under the project will include construction of at-grade and aerial sections of high-speed train infrastructure, grade separation structures, relocation of 5.5 miles of existing track and waterway crossings.
The work will also include roadway reconstructions, utility relocations and other related improvements.