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Connector Segment Between Folsom and El Dorado Hills Moves Closer to Construction
The Capital SouthEast Connector expressway segment between Folsom and El Dorado Hills has moved closer to construction with the selection of Dokken Engineering to handle final design and engineering. 

The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors at its Oct. 28 meeting approved a two-phase contract with Dokken to do final design on the 5.5-mile segment on White Rock Road between Prairie City Road in Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. The first phase will include design up to a 35 percent level and is expected to be completed by March 2017.
 
Completion of the second phase, which includes complete final design and right-of-way acquisition, is dependent on the timing and availability of construction funding. 
 

“As the Sacramento region continues to grow it’s important that our transportation infrastructure keep pace, and we’re very pleased to see this part of the Connector taking such a significant step toward construction,” said Jeff Starsky, Folsom Vice Mayor and chair of the Connector JPA Board of Directors.
 
Preliminary or final engineering work is underway on approximately 19 miles of the Connector alignment, including in Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom and El Dorado Hills. 
Connector JPA Board Approves Alternative Project Delivery Method
The Connector JPA Board at its Oct. 28 meeting approved use of what is known as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) project-delivery method as a way to lower costs and accelerate construction startup.

The traditional Design–Bid–Build (DBB) approach requires project sponsors to contract with separate entities for design and construction services, with general contracting work going to the lowest responsive bidder.  Under this approach, the design firm and general contractor have separate contracts and their interaction is limited.  

Under CM/GC the project sponsor solicits for a general contractor early in the project's design and the contractor is selected through a qualifications-based process rather than on the basis of having the lowest responsive bid.

The selected contractor during the design phase provides services such as reviewing plans to ensure constructability, along with pricing, scheduling, staging and more to increase efficiency. As project design approaches completion, the project sponsor and contractor enter into negotiations over a guaranteed maximum price for the project's construction. The contractor during construction performs the same functions as a typical general contractor under the traditional DBB delivery method.

CM/GC previously was authorized for use only in a limited Caltrans pilot program on state highways. State legislation approved in 2015 extended its use to regional transportation agencies, including the Connector JPA.
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