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Granite Construction Lands Two infrastructure Projects

Granite Construction Inc., which not only produces construction materials, but also serves as a full-service general contractor and construction-management firm, announced that it has landed two substantial infrastructure projects, one in Texas and one in Ohio.

Paso del Norte Trackworks, a joint venture of Granite Construction Co. and RailWorks Track Systems Inc., has been awarded a $61 million transit contract by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority. Granite booked its 65 percent share, or approximately $40 million, into backlog during the third quarter of 2015.

The joint-venture team will be responsible for the construction of a new electric streetcar system linking the international border, El Paso, Texas’, downtown business district, local hospitals, residential districts and the University of Texas El Paso. Scope of the work includes approximately 4.8 miles of track, 27 streetcar stops, related street improvements, underground drainage, water, and sewer improvements, two bridge modifications, and a vehicle maintenance and storage facility near the existing Sun Metro Downtown Transfer Center.

Funding for the project is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation. Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2015 and will take approximately two years to complete.

The company also announced that Kenny Construction Co., a wholly-owned Granite subsidiary, and Obayashi Corp. have been awarded a $184 million joint-venture contract by the City of Akron, Ohio, to construct the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT).

Granite’s portion of the contract is 65 percent. As consolidating partner, the total contract award of $184 million was booked into Granite's third quarter 2015 backlog.
Kenny will be responsible for the construction of, but not limited to, a conveyance and storage tunnel, drop shafts, diversion structures, consolidation sewers and related appurtenances.

The OCIT will have a 27-ft. finished inside diameter and will be 6,240 ft. long. The tunnel will control combined sewer overflow at nine separate locations, and will store over 25 million gal. of combined sewer overflow to reduce the impact on local waterways.

Funding for the project is provided by the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund. Construction is underway and the project is scheduled to be in operation by Dec. 31, 2018.