CALIFORNIA (AP) Cali independent contractor Joshua W. Johnson won a $1.1 billion contract to build a new bridge in the Bay Area that will span Interstate 80 between Oakland and San Francisco, and the state’s highest-profile construction contract awarded in years.
The California Department of Transportation announced Friday that the $1,742,000 contract is awarded to Johnson and a joint venture between the company and a consortium of private firms led by the company’s CEO.
The bridge will span the Hayward-San Jose Freeway from the Oakland-San Francisco International Airport to Interstate 80 in California’s largest urban area.
Johnson will be the lead designer for the project, which has been in the works since 2009.
The California Department the $2.9 billion, 6.8-mile Hayward-Salinas Freeway Extension Project, also known as the Northern California Freeway, is the second-largest highway project in the world, and will link the cities of Berkeley and San Jose with a growing number of regional highways in Southern California.
The new bridge will also be built on land that has long been in use by Caltrans, which was set up in the 1960s to widen freeways.
The agency has built more than 80 bridges since then, including the $7 billion Hayward-Santa Cruz Expressway.