Cofiroute USA Assisting in Contract Related to SR-91 Expansion

June 28, 2012

Cofiroute USA Assisting in Contract Related to SR-91 Expansion

$1.3 Billion Highway Project to be the Largest Ever in Riverside County; Construction to Begin in 2013

IRVINE, Calif. -- Cofiroute USA is assisting in development requests for proposals for construction firms to bid on a contract to build the  $1.3 billion toll road and highway expansion project on State Route 91 in Riverside County, which is expected to break ground next year and create some 16,000 jobs.

 

Cofiroute USA is serving as a subcontractor to the Parsons Transportation Group, which was selected by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) to handle construction management for the project, as well as help choose the team of engineering and construction firms that will design and build the SR-91 expansion.  Four teams were short listed for the opportunity to submit bids to the RCTC.

 

Specifically, Cofiroute USA is assisting with developing a request for proposals that the four bidding teams will use to design their submissions, and assess future need for customer service, operations and billing facilities, based on projections of additional traffic volume.

 

“We are pleased to be a part of this vitally important project, which will relieve traffic congestion along the SR-91, improve the ability of businesses to move goods along the corridor and stimulate the economy through well-paying jobs,” said Gary Hausdorfer, CEO of Cofiroute USA.

 

The project will extend the 91 Express toll lanes from Orange County to Interstate 15 in Riverside County.  Existing car pool lanes will be converted to two toll lanes in each direction, and one general purpose lane will be added in each direction.  Numerous entrance and exit ramps and bridges will also be replaced.

 

In all, the project will increase capacity and reduce congestion for an existing 14-mile stretch of SR-91 and a 6-mile stretch of I-15.

 

Cofiroute USA serves as operator of the existing 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, and thus has broad experience and knowledge of the SR-91 corridor that it will bring to the Riverside County toll road and expansion project.

 

The Orange County segment of the toll road runs for 10 miles in each direction from the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) in the west to the Riverside County line in the east.

 

The 91 Express Lanes is an internationally acclaimed facility, and has pioneered innovations in toll operations, integrated software systems and customer relationship management.

 

The federal government has approved part of the work on the SR-91 extension, making it one of only four projects in the U.S. to get approval from the many applications filed. It received a $444 million loan from through the Transportation Infrastructure Financing Innovation Act (TIFIA) which launches the first phase of a $1.3 billion widening of the freeway between I-15 and the Orange County line. It will finance the extension of the 91 Express Lanes from Orange County.  The overall project will add least two lanes of additional capacity to the 91 Freeway at its most congested points through the city of Corona, according to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC).

 

Cofiroute USA has received a multi-year contract from Parsons to work on the SR-91 project.

 

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