California’s first stimulus project underway

Looks like the stimulus money has found its way into California construction.General engineering contractor Top Grade Construction announced it has officially started work this month on the highly visible Interstate 80 project, the first to be funded in the state of California by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The historic project, which was awarded to Top Grade on April 21, 2009 after successfully outbidding 12 other contractors, is expected to generate approximately 40,000 man-hours requiring more than 200 workers to be employed.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the significance of the project at a press conference.

Targeted for completion by the end of 2009, the project includes the rehabilitation and resurfacing of Interstate 80 between Route 12 and the Putah South Canal, a roadway traveled by nearly 200,000 motorists each day.

Approximately 140,000 tons of asphalt concrete is expected to be placed to resurface the freeway area, covering more than 3.6 million square feet throughout a five-mile stretch of highway.