Hill wins construction support services in Los Angeles

By Dominic Ellis
Contract awarded by LA Metro for significant improvement project on US Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County...

Hill International, the global construction risk management firm, has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to provide construction support services for a significant improvement project on US Interstate 5 (I-5).

In cooperation with Caltrans District 7, Metro is undertaking a project to improve the conditions of the I-5 as it passes through northern Los Angeles County, in the area of Santa Clarita – approximately 40 minutes’ drive from downtown Los Angeles, according to a statement.

Work will extend from the I-5/SR 14 Interchange to Parker Road in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County. This 22km stretch covers other major interchanges, including State Route 126 and Magic Mountain Parkway. 

Improvements include the addition of high-occupancy vehicle lanes along the median of I-5, the creation of and maintenance of existing truck lanes, and the construction of auxiliary lanes between on-ramps and subsequent off-ramps.

The project will also involve intelligent transportation system improvements, including traffic control stations, closed-circuit television cameras, and ramp metering. 

These improvements will enable the road to handle more traffic at peak hours and provide a safer and faster commute for the residents of northern Los Angeles County, the statement says.

“In Los Angeles, traffic affects our quality of life substantially,” says Hill Vice President and project Senior Construction Engineer David Tiberi, PE. “By undertaking infrastructure improvement projects, Metro is saving time and money for the millions of people who live and work in Los Angeles County. Our local team is ready to support Metro’s project with high-quality construction support services and help deliver the work on time and under budget.”

As the construction support services consultant on the project, Hill will assist Metro staff in providing construction management oversight for the project. Hill’s support services will begin in the contract procurement phase, continue through pre-construction activities and construction, and culminate in the construction contract closeout, the statement explains.

In addition, Hill team members will support Metro during inspections, provide administrative support, and offer various technical assistance throughout the lifecycle of the project. Managing and confirming compliance with contract requirements and government regulations will also be part of Hill’s remit.

“We’re proud to continue offering our services to Metro—a client we are fortunate to have supported on many transportation projects over the years,” says Hill Chief Executive Officer Raouf Ghali. 

“Our teams have also accrued valuable experience supporting other I-5 improvement projects with different government agencies, such as the Orange County Transportation Authority. These projects are critical to keeping Southern California moving and we look forward to bringing the industry-leading services our teams regularly provide throughout the region to Metro’s I-5 improvement project.”


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