April 2, 2014
San Joaquin County, Calif. officials gathered recently to celebrate the completion of an interchange project at South Bird Road and Highway 120 that was made possible by five quarry owners, Tracy Press reports.
Cemex, Granite Construction, Knife River Corp., Teichert Aggregates and West Coast Aggregates teamed up to fund the entire $10.8 million, 20-year project, which is the first of its kind in the county to be completed with private funding. The report notes that the five companies paid for the construction by “taxing themselves on the material they mine.” They also reimbursed the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and San Joaquin County for any costs each incurred.
The project aims to eliminate potential hazards to drivers by replacing a two-way stop and overpass crossing with on and off ramps. Ken Baxter, Caltrans deputy district director, told Tracy Press the new interchange will improve driver safety, help quarry operations and improve commerce.
For more details about the Bird Road interchange project, click here.