OHL awarded an $86 million contract to upgrade a section of Route 71 in California

June 17, 2021

OHL, via its subsidiary OHL USA, Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at $86 million (€70.9 million) in California (USA). The project, awarded by the state’s transportation agency, Caltrans, will upgrade almost two miles (over 3 kilometers) of Route 71 from a highway to a freeway by adding one additional lane in each direction and removing all intersections, allowing for unhindered traffic flow between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Construction of an auxiliary lane on southbound 71 is also part of the contract.

The scope of work calls for earthwork and grading to make way for the additional lanes. OHL will then place concrete pavement and median barriers, construct retaining walls, install new drainage systems, sound walls, and perform electrical work on almost two miles of existing right of way. Major contract features also include replacing culverts, adding new signage, and landscaping, along with re-alignment of on/off ramps at Rio Rancho Road and placement of hot mix asphalt on the new freeway ramps that run east and west off Route 71, in the cities of Chino Hills and Pomona.

Active in the California construction market since 2013 OHL has performed several key contracts for Caltrans, LA Metro, Orange County Transportation Authority, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, City of Pasadena, and the City of Los Angeles Public Works, in addition to other public agencies. Some of its most noteworthy projects in the region include the $1.4 billion (€1.2 billion) I-405 Improvement Project, the $148 million (€ million) Fairway Drive Grade Separation, as well as the $36 million (€ million) Argo Drain Sub-Basin facility.

OHL has been present in the USA market since 2006 via its subsidiaries Judlau Contracting, Inc., Community Asphalt Corporation, and OHL Building, Inc., in addition to OHL USA. Currently, OHL operates in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, and Florida. Its project portfolio includes highways, bridges, railway infrastructure, tunnels, hydraulic works, and singular buildings.


Aerial view of the I-405. USA.