The California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected a consortium of Dragados, Flatiron and Shimmick (DFS) as the preferred bidder for the design-build contract for Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3).
The CP 2-3 is a 65-mile segment from Fresno to north of Bakersfield and the cost of the project is estimated to be between $1.5bn and $2bn. DFS had submitted a bid of $1.2bn.
The new line will extend from the terminus of Construction Package 1 at East American Avenue in Fresno to one-mile north of the Kern-Tulare County line.
The scope of the current project includes the construction of at-grade, aerial and possible below-grade sections of high-speed trains, the relocation of existing BNSF tracks for 5.5 miles, a possible crossing of existing BNSF railroad tracks and the assembly of roadway reconstructions, relocations, closures, waterway and wildlife crossings.
California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales said: "Today is a significant milestone as we continue building the nation’s first high-speed rail system.
"The proposals underscore the value of world-class competition and the design-build approach to deliver high-speed rail in California."
In December 2013, five firms submitted bids for this project. The firms included California Rail Builders, DFC, Golden State Rail Partnership, the Skanska/Ames joint venture and the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture.
The $985m contract for the first section of the high-speed rail project was awarded to a Tutor Perini, Zachry and Parsons joint venture (JV) in August last year.
The first section is a 29-mile railway line between Madera and Fresno and the contract also included $53m of provisional sums for possible extra work.
Image: The computer-generated image of the proposed high-speed trains for use in California. Photo: courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.