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Civil | GRANITE CONSTRUCTION INC. - I-59/20 MODIFICATION
Easing the Flow
GRANITE'S I-59/20 PROJECT WILL HELP MAKE ROADS IN ALABAMA SAFER.
or Granite Construction Inc.,
partnerships are critical. "From the
largest, most complex infrastructure
projects to the smallest construction
jobs, from transportation to power to water
projects, we're putting our commitment to
collaboration to work," it declares.
"As one of the nation's largest, diversified
infrastructure providers and construction
materials producers, we strive to provide
our customers with the highest standards
of quality, safety and service," Granite
declares. "We believe that when committed,
people work together, you generate more
value at every level and build a better
world for everyone."
Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite says
it has nurtured a culture of hard work,
honesty and getting the job done correctly.
"Granite's roots are traceable to California
construction license No. 89, one of the first
100 licenses, 96 percent of which no longer
exist," it says.
The company says its hard work and tenacity carried it from quarrying granite rock
to helping rebuild Ground Zero. "Granite
is - and will continue to be - part of a story
much bigger than itself," it states.
Granite says it has built some of the nation's
most iconic and complex transportation
projects, including bridges. "From remote
single-span to iconic landmarks, bridges are
engineering marvels of the modern world,"
"With experience spanning from coast to
coast, we offer cable-stayed, tied-arch, beam,
truss and suspension bridge construction,"
Granite continues. "Many of our projects are
alternative procurement, design/build and
P3 methods, making it easier to fund, innovate and value engineer complex, multi-billion dollar bridge programs."
Its current projects include the modification of the Interstate-59/20 Interchange in
Birmingham, Ala. The company won a $209
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work in Alabama is
addressing an area with the highest
traffic flow in the state.
million contract for the project from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)
and is scheduled to finish it by fall 2018.
The company will build the interchange
at I-59/20 and I-65 on the northwest side
of the city's central business district (CBD).
"The project includes new direct connector
bridges to downtown, widening of existing
bridges to improve operations for connection to future phases, as well as replacement
of crossover bridges and main lane pavement improvements," Granite says.
Granite's work is a portion of a project
that ALDOT is completing on the elevated
portions of I-59/20 through downtown.
According to the department, the work has
been long needed.
When the bridges along I-59/20 and portions of I-65 were originally built more than
45 years ago, they were designed to accommodate 80,000 vehicles daily. "Today, this
stretch of interstate has the highest rate of
traffic flow in Alabama, carrying over twice
the number of vehicles than it was intended
to accommodate," ALDOT describes.
Granite Construction Inc. -
* Contract value: $209 million
* Location: Birmingham, Ala.
"We believe at when committed, people work toge er, you
generate more value at every
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- Granite Construction
"By 2035, this number is expected to
increase over 225,000 vehicles per day," it
states. "Consequently, this vital infrastructure is functionally obsolete, and must be
replaced in the interest of public safety and
to ease the flow of commerce and traffic
through Birmingham's CBD."
Granite's transportation work also includes
roads and highways. "From rural roads