Governor Brown Signs Legislation Benefiting Connector Alternative Procurement Method Will Save Money and Time
Mather, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015â€“ Governor Brown has signed legislation that likely will cut planning and construction costs for the Capital SouthEast Connector expresswayproject, and help deliver the project more quickly.
AB 1171, authored by Assembly Member Eric Linder of Corona and supported by the Connector Joint Power Authority, would extend the use of Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) procurement to regional transportation agencies, including the Connector JPA. CM/GC is an alternative contracting method to Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build and had been authorized for use only in a limited Caltrans pilot program on state highways.
For transportation projects like the Connector with sensitive schedules and potential construction challenges the CM/GC delivery method can result in significant time and cost savings.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased that the CM/GC legislation has been signed by the Governor. It will help reduce our costs and save time in planning and construction, which are big benefits to area travelers and taxpayers,â€ said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA.
Planning to get segments of the Connector ready for construction as soon as 2018 is well underway. Environmental review for the 5.5-mile Connector segment on White Rock Road between Prairie City Road south of Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills is expected to be completed early in 2017. Environmental work on the on the 7-mile segment of the expressway bordering Rancho Cordova on Grant Line Road from Jackson Highway (State Route 16) to White Rock Road is anticipated to begin this fall.