57 Freeway Widening Project

August 4, 2010

SR-57 Orangethorpe to Lambert Kickoff Event: Construction Scheduled to Begin This Fall

Construction on the Orange Freeway (SR-57) Northbound Widening Project will begin this fall as officials, construction workers and business leaders gather next week to celebrate the kickoff of the Orangethorpe to Lambert segment on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

OCTA, in partnership with Caltrans, is sponsoring improvements to the SR-57, which will add a northbound lane from north of the SR-91 near Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia to Lambert Road in Brea. The third major construction project now under way, the SR-57 improvements will help stimulate the local economy by bringing thousands of jobs to Orange County.

The project will also add traffic and merging lanes at various locations, reconfigure entrance and exit ramps, construct retaining walls and sound walls and standardize existing general purpose lanes and shoulder width. When completed, the project will include a continuous carpool lane on the northbound side that will allow motorists to enter and exit anywhere between Chapman Avenue to Lambert Road.

As this vital freeway improvement project moves forward, OCTA remains committed to keeping you informed about upcoming construction activities and timing.

Low Bids to Benefit Taxpayers

Although construction on the Orangethorpe to Lambert segment is coordinated to run seamlessly as one project, the segment will be managed by two different construction contractors.

On July 15, the construction bid opening for the Yorba Linda Boulevard to Lambert Road segment took place with C.C. Myers of Rancho Cordova with an Anaheim office coming in as the apparent low bidder for the lowest construction cost. The construction bid for this segment was $28.9 million – more than $23.9 million lower than the engineer’s estimate of $52.8 million.
Caltrans opened bids Thursday, July 22 on the Orangethorpe Avenue to Yorba Linda Boulevard segment of the northbound SR-57. The low bid is $28.6 million, which is $18.5 million or 39 percent below the engineer’s estimate of $47.1 million. Beador Construction from Corona is the apparent low bidder. The low bids represent a significant savings for OCTA and Orange County taxpayers. Caltrans is expected to select both contractors by mid to late August 2010.

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