California

Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. , the general contractor located in Contra Costa County, began work on the $123.2 million project to build 11 new mi. of express lanes and other road infrastructure on southbound I-680. This includes the addition of 3 mi.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) Construction was halted recently when contractors uncovered human bones six ft. underground while digging a trench at the future site of a streetcar maintenance yard in Southern California, officials said. Police were notified after crews discovered the bones while working on the light-rail project in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register reported.

The Federal Highway Administration recently issued two packets of "quick release" Emergency Relief or ER funds to California (and Oregon) agencies to pay for repairs to transportation infrastructure damaged by wildfires raging across several western states.

Granite recently opened its Big Rock Aggregate and Asphalt Plant in Llano. Big Rock will provide aggregate and asphalt to private and public customers in northern and western Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern and San Bernardino counties. Built with safety and sustainability in mind, this plant uses technology to be able to produce 11 high-quality aggregate materials simultaneously with the flexibility to modify finished products as the market demands.

The Department of Defense announced it has awarded a Northern California company more than $730 million for construction at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The department said Environmental Chemical Corp. in Burlingame will design and construct six projects at the base.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has selected Flatiron to widen and rehabilitate U.S. Highway 50 between Watt Avenue and Interstate 5 in Sacramento. During a preconstruction phase of the $430 milion project, Caltrans and Flatiron have collaborated to identify major scope elements and finalize contract language necessary to establish a foundation for success.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently allocated more than $1.6 billion for transportation projects throughout the state, including about $1.3 billion for State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects, Caltrans' "fix-it-first" program aimed at preserving the condition of the State Highway System.

Granite Construction Inc. is continuing to make progress on the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) $44 million, multi-year project to reconstruct the interchange at Imperial Avenue and Interstate 8 (I-8) in the city of El Centro.

Lamon Construction Company Inc. of Yuba City recently partnered with Caltrans for a unique paving project in The Golden State. A section of Highway 162 in Oroville, Calif. was repaved using recycled asphalt pavement and liquid plastic made with single-use, plastic bottles — the first time the department has paved a road using 100 percent recycled materials.

From the founding of Berchtold Produce in 1910 to a modern day mainstay in the equipment business, the Berchtold story is one of longevity and growth. The company's founding father, Joseph Berchtold, started by merchandising hardware and produce, but that venture quickly expanded to a newer market, selling farm implements and tractors.

Bauman Landscape and Construction Inc. has helped build some of San Francisco's most complex and iconic cityscapes. From the Palace of Fine Arts to Dolores Park to the city's Embarcadero, Bauman Landscape and Construction has been pouring concrete in the Bay City for more than four decades.