It’s been more than two years since work began on a $37 million project to repave a worn-down stretch of State Route 99 in Madera, but by the end of next week officials said crews would be gone, the repaving complete and drivers free from crowded lane closures.
A small ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday at Rotary Park to celebrate the construction along a four-mile stretch of the highway from the Madera Avenue overcrossing to Avenue 16.
Caltrans District 6 director Sharri Bender Ehlert said the project was the first in California to use the design-build construction method and it represented a historic change in the way roadways are built.
“Before 2009 when California implemented the design-build method, you would normally get a project 100 percent designed before you took bids on it,” Bender Ehlert said. “Now we bid it to contractors when it’s 30 percent designed so that the contractor and their engineers can come in with their own ideas that may be more efficient than ours." ...