POLB and Caltrans Recommend Team For Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project

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Four engineering, construction teams eligible to seek contract

Photo by Greg Bishop

With a design and construction proposal of $649.5 million, the joint venture team headed by Shimmick Construction Company Inc., FCC Construction S.A. and Impregilo S.p.A. is the apparent “best value” proposer for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project design-build contract, Port of Long Beach and Caltrans officials announced Friday, May 4.

Major participants in the joint venture include Shimmick Construction Company Inc., FCC Construction S.A., Impregilo S.p.A., Arup North America Ltd. and Biggs Cardosa Associates Inc.

Staff expects to submit a recommendation on May 14 to the Port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners to consider a “notice of intent” to award the contract. A decision by the Board on the actual award of the contract is expected in late June, with construction kickoff set in early 2013, and final design starting soon after the contract is signed.
The total cost of the overall bridge replacement project is estimated at about $1 billion, including site preparation, demolition and other considerations.

“This is a vital project for improving traffic flow for the nation’s busiest port complex and downtown Long Beach commuters,” said Doug Thiessen, the Port’s Managing Director of Engineering. “It was critical that this contract deliver the best bridge at the most competitive price.  We’re pleased that the world-class design-build team headed by Shimmick, FCC and Impregilo has met or exceeded all our technical requirements while also submitting a proposal with the lowest cost.”

The Project Selection Team, led by Caltrans, the Port and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), formally opened the financial proposals on Friday, following a rigorous, months-long evaluation of the technical proposals from three firms that had been pre-qualified to bid on the contract. The technical proposals accounted for 20 percent of the score; the cost accounted for 80 percent.

The bridge replacement — designed to ease traffic congestion and improve safety — is being jointly procured by the Port and Caltrans. The Port, Caltrans, Metro and the U.S. Department of Transportation are all contributing funds to the project.

The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital link in the nation’s trade system and a major commuter corridor. But the bridge, built in the 1960s, was not designed to handle today’s traffic volumes and is deteriorating. The replacement project will ensure the safety of commuters and truck drivers and protect Southern California’s important role as a major trading hub. Construction is expected to last five years and generate, on average, 4,000 jobs per year.

For more information on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, go to www.newgdbridge.com.

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