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Ranger Begins I-95 Design-Build Project

$33.6 Million Contract In North Florida Is Company’s Largest To Date

The road map is changing in heavy/highway construction, driven by the growing acceptance of new bidding and quality control standards. But while methods may be changing, one thing remains the same: Ranger Construction’s position as one of the industry leaders.

Ranger was recently awarded a $33.6 million contract — its largest to date — for 13.3 miles of work on I-95 just south of St. Augustine in St. Johns County.

The FDOT project was bid as a design-build contract, an increasingly popular choice for public-sector work due to the accelerated production schedules.

The contract allows just 440 days, including design work, for a broad scope of work which includes milling and resurfacing the existing two lanes and constructing a new third lane in each direction.

Also included is a 10-foot inside shoulder, milling and resurfacing the existing outside shoulders, milling and resurfacing two rest areas along the route, plus digging 13 retention ponds and making substantial improvements to the median drainage.

Substantial improvements to two cross roads are included as well. US-1 will be milled and resurfaced where it passes underneath I-95 on the south end of the job. Seven miles to the north,

SR-206 will be completely reconstructed one foot lower in grade where it passes below the interstate, to comply with federal bridge height guidelines.

The project involves Superpave specifications and will be governed by QC2000 construction standards, which the FDOT has mandated for all new

projects awarded after July 1. These standards transfer responsibility for grading and asphalt testing to the contractor and require greater consistency on asphalt compaction results.

Overseeing the project are Foremen Randy Bartlett and Mike Cutlip, Project Manager Ponch Frank, Area Manager Pete Scholer and Vice President Mark Veillette. Jacobs Civil is performing the design work.