Ames Construction

The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) $350 million I-25 South Gap project, awarded to Kraemer North America (KNA), is improving 18 mi. of highway south of Castle Rock (Douglas County, about 40 mi. south of Denver) to the town of Monument (El Paso County), with a major component being the construction of an express lane in each direction to meet increased traffic demands.

Gov. Doug Ducey and state, local and federal officials recently broke ground on a $134 million project to improve mobility and safety on a 3.75-mi. Nogales highway. The project, once completed, will help increase international trade coming through Nogales by linking the Mariposa Port of Entry and Interstate 19.

A project under discussion for 60-odd years will give Tooele County residents three miles of new highway and a much needed connection to I-80. Phase one of the $74.4 million Midvalley Highway (S.R. 179) began last fall, but the project has been on the table since the 1960s.

In just a matter of one year when cranes began to loom over the original 35W bridge crossing over the Minnesota River, regular commuters are now seeing real progress on its replacement. Connecting the cities of Bloomington and Burnsville just south of Minneapolis, traffic crews recently switched all six lanes from the old bridge to the new, northbound bridge.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' $2,841,062,000 (current estimate) Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project is pressing forward, and one of the ongoing elements is the $46,040,475 Diversion Inlet Structure (DIS) initiative in the city of Horace, N.D.

Richard "Dick" Ames, who founded a small Minnesota earthmoving company with his brothers in 1962 and built it into a multistate contracting giant, died at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 30, 2019. He was 89. "Dick Ames needed no introduction to those familiar with the Minnesota construction industry," Associated General Contractors of Minnesota CEO Tim Worke said in statement.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) $239 million, multi-year 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project reached its first year of construction in July as crews from a joint-venture, consisting of Ames Construction, Lunda Contracting Co.

A $55 million project in Maricopa, Ariz., is under way, following an extensive traffic and accessibility study. SR 347 is the city's main transportation corridor through the community, serving as a regional connector to major employment and recreation areas.

Work on $430 million project to widen I-15 in Utah County, Utah, began last April. The project is taking place in one of the fastest growing areas in Utah, known as Silicon Slopes for the high number of technology-based businesses there. It is the last section of I-15 between Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork where the freeway is only four lanes.

Pershing Gold Corporation, an emerging Nevada gold producer, announces the start of preliminary construction activities at Relief Canyon. On Feb. 13, 2018, Ames Construction began initial land clearing in preparation for potential construction at Relief Canyon, including future heap leach pads, haul roads and waste rock storage facilities.

Work is continuing on Arizona's largest ever single highway project, with controlled rock blasting scheduled to begin on two segments this spring. The $916 million Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway features 22 mi. of new freeway; a double roundabout interchange; 4.5 mi.