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Driving to the Finish Civil | AMES-GRANITE – U.S. 36 EXPRESS LANES PROJECT COLORADO IS IN THE MIDST OF MAJOR WORK, BUT WITH MINIMAL IMPACT TO LOCALS. BY JAMIE MORGAN. “One of the goals was to eliminate impact so we are maintaining all lanes during peak travel times.” -Ernie Green, project manager rebuild the south side of the project. The next phase involves another traffic shift on the south side, allowing construction on the north side of the corridor. Construction of all five of the bridges along the project is underway with multiple crews working six days a week, day and night shifts. Drainage, roadway and interchange work is also ongoing. “The contract was fully executed in April and we didn’t’ get notice to proceed until May to do some limited amounts of work,” Green says. “We didn’t get full notice until July, so construction is happening at a pretty rapid pace through design/build. It’s December and we are already getting ready to switch traffic to the other side. “Design/build allows the project to get done a lot faster and limit exposure and impact to the public,” he adds. “The first two traffic shifts will take place before the end of 2012.” www.amesco.c www.granitecoom nstru • Project cost: $310 million • Employees onsite at peak: 300 Ames-Granite – U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project T Project Manager Ernie Green says design/build has helped the U.S. 36 project move quickly. « Minimizing Impact project will provide the public a new roadway years ahead of schedule, compared to a traditional civil contract. “We’ve gotten a lot of work done in a short period of time,” Green says. “Jobs like this take a lot longer to get done through the traditional method. The project team has expedited the design and began building portions of the work before the entire design is completed.” The construction team is laying pavement for a temporary widening of the corridor’s north side. Once complete, traffic will be moved to the north side of the corridor. This shift will allow the contractor to demolish and Minimizing the impact to the traveling public was one of the major goals of this project, Green explains, and it’s why the Ames-Granite team decided to build a temporary roadway. Though the lanes will be narrower, the temporary roadway will have the same amount of east and westbound lanes as the current highway. Lanes will be reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet on both sides of the roadway. “Making this early investment in temporary pavement allows us to maintain all existing lanes through construction,” Green says. “One of the goals was to eliminate impact so we are maintaining all lanes during peak NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM he Colorado DOT has put the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project on the fasttrack. The 10-mile project includes five bridge replacements, the widening of three existing bridges, a new high-occupancy vehicle managed lane in each direction, and a complete reconstruction of the existing roadway, including interchanges. CDOT awarded the $310 million dollar project to the AmesGranite Joint Venture team in April 2012. Construction is slated to be completed by spring 2015. Project manager Ernie Green explains that the design/build contract approach to this 163 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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