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Jacobs wins California High Speed Rail contract

Jacobs has won a contract to provide design services for the California High Speed Rail system.

It will be responsible for the infrastructure design of the Dragados-Flatiron joint venture for construction package 2-3 of the project. There are four construction packages in total.

Work will be on a 65 mile section of rail south towards Kern County and it is estimated that the total build is worth £770M (US$1.2bn). It will include embankment, structures and 32 new roadway grade separations. It is part of the 120 mile initial construction stage. The completed line will go from San Francisco to San Diego.

Jacobs Group vice president Randy Pierce said: “This project is one of the largest in the state’s history and, once completed, should provide the traveling public with a fast, clean alternative stretching from Southern to Northern California.”

The construction of the line is overseen by a Rail Delivery Partner team lead by Parsons Brinckerhoff and including Network Rail Consulting (the international consulting arm of the UK rail authority) and management consultants LeighFisher.

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