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Rasmussen lands Caltrans contract

Posted: November 4, 2013 4:55 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 4:55 p.m.

C.A. Rasmussen Inc. of Santa Clarita has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the California Department of Transportation.

The construction contract is for repairs on the northbound State Route 2 freeway to the northbound Interstate 5 connector that was damaged in July when a tanker crashed, spilling its 7,500 gallon load of gasoline igniting the tunnel and brush nearby.

Caltrans estimates the overall cost of repairs at $16.5 million - which includes the initial emergency response.

Intense heat from the tanker fire on July 13 caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector tunnel, the agency said in a statement to the media.

Caltrans has an “ambitious and aggressive construction schedule in place to safely open this connector before Christmas,” said Carrie Brown, acting district 7 director.

Repairs include removing and repairing degraded concrete walls, strengthening “outrigger” support beams on the north side of the connector, repairing the damaged roadway, and upgrading the connector’s lighting and guardrails.

C.A. Rasmussen is expected to begin work on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


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