The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County are organizing an industry workshop to explore alternative project delivery methods for State Route 156 West Corridor Project. The Industry outreach will take place on December 17, 2013, at the Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940.
The industry outreach include one-on-one meetings between project sponsors and those organizations that have a track record in leading a team for projects of similar size, scale, and complexity as the SR 156 West Corridor Project.
The purpose of these one-on-one meetings is to exchange information on the questions presented in the invitation to the event (see below). Interested parties are invited to submit a reservation request as soon as possible but no later than close of business on December 4, 2013.
Total project cost is $264 million and about $44 million is currently programmed. The funding gap is about $220 million.
State Route 156 is a Focus Route and gateway for tourists traveling from the Bay Area to the Monterey Peninsula. On the weekends, SR 156 is heavily congested and there are safety concerns. This project proposes to convert the narrow two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane freeway.
The preferred alternative route proposes to convert the existing 2-lane conventional highway to a 4-lane freeway from Castroville to the 101/156 interchange on US 101. The existing 101/156 interchange would be replaced by a more extensive interchange that would handle local traffic and interregional travel. A new interchange would be constructed at the intersection of the Castroville Boulevard and SR 156. Also, the existing 156 lanes would be converted to a frontage road that would serve the local community.
See invitation to Industry Outreach: