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Caltrans Awards $25M to Local Company for Highway 101 Carpool Lanes

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. was recently awarded a contract to extend carpool lanes along Highway 101 and widen three Novato bridges.

Caltrans recently awarded a $25 million contract to San Rafael-based construction company to extend carpools lanes along the Highway 101.

The Marin Sonoma Narrows Project intends to ease traffic congestion by adding 3.2 miles of northbound lane between Highway 37 and Atherton Avenue and 1.6 miles of southbound lane between Novato Creek (between Rowland and De Long) and Highway 37.

The project also includes widening the Novato Creek Bridge, the Franklin Avenue overheard bridge and the Olive Avenue bridge.

Ghilotti Bros. will use approximately 55,000 tons of base rock and 52,000 tons of asphalt concrete pavement for construction. They will also make repairs to traffic meters and signage at the on and off ramps from Highway 37 to Atherton Avenue.

Once construction is finished, drivers will be spared 1,200 hours of delays, according to GBI manager Kelly Mullane.

The two-year $50 million Caltrans project on July 14. The stretch of road from Highway 37 to Atherton Avenue is referred to as the Narrows where  three lanes of traffic merge into two.

This is GBI’s 41st contract with Caltrans since 2006. Since 1990, the company has received several awards for partnering with agencies like Caltrans and American Public Works Association.

“At Ghilotti, partnering is a way of life,” Mullane said.

Robert J. Cleek August 31, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Okay, so the highway still narrows from three lanes to two lanes in the same place, just north of the Atherton Avenue overpass. $25 million bucks for 3.2 miles of carpool lane? That's a lot of money for a a parking lot! I suppose that on a bad day commuters will be able to get off the freeway at the Rowland and Delong exits a little faster, but for $25,000,000? I never can figure out CalTrans.
Patty Maher August 31, 2011 at 06:21 PM
"...drivers will be spared 1,200 hours of delay." Is that daily? Weekly? Annually?
Alan Monasch August 31, 2011 at 07:21 PM
And does the 1200 hours saved include the number of hours of delay the inevitable lane, ramp and highway closures and such that the work will undoubtedly cause?
Nicole Ely (Editor) August 31, 2011 at 08:08 PM
The press release said daily.
Patty Maher August 31, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Thanks, Nicole.
Thomas September 01, 2011 at 12:03 AM
The area due to Sonoma's growth throughout the years needs expansion. It certainly isn't really for Marin, other than crowding traffic through to Ignacio. However until the expansion is run through to Petaluma, those on it won't have much relief - and possibly it could be worse pending any assessment of traffic flow - so I am not sure about the numbers. I guess it would depend on who they are speaking of getting the time savings.

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