Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winning bid for next construction segment of CAHSR is literally a joke

High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Bid Results on Next Segment of Construction in the Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has identified Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick as the apparent best value team for the design-build contract for Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3), the next 65 mile segment from Fresno to North of Bakersfield.
The Authority has estimated the cost of CP 2-3 to be between $1.5 billion to $2 billion. The Authority determined that Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick, who bid $1.2 billion, was the “apparent best value.” The ranking and scores for all three proposals are attached.
CP 2-3 represents the continuation of construction of the high-speed rail program to the south. CP 2-3 will extend in excess of 65 miles from the terminus of Construction Package 1 at East American Avenue in Fresno to one mile north of the Kern-Tulare County line. CP 2-3 includes approximately 36 grade separations in the counties of Fresno, Tulare and Kings, including viaducts, underpasses and overpasses.

However, the exact bid amount? $1,234,567,890. I'm just curious as to whether this was an intentional joke on their part or an internal joke during the draft that they didn't spot before sending out the bid.

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