A Clovis firm has landed a $1.6 million contract to work on designs for relocating utilities on the first high-speed rail construction section in the Madera-Fresno area.
Blair Church & Flynn Consulting Engineers will be a subcontractor to the prime contractor, Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, on the 29-mile stretch of the proposed bullet-train line. The company will engineer how features including irrigation ditches, storm drain lines and sewer mains will be relocated to make way for the new tracks between Avenue 17 east of Madera to the south end of Fresno.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority touted the subcontract as an example of the agency's commitment to provide opportunities for small businesses on the $68 billion statewide rail project. The authority has a goal for 30% of the contracting dollars to be for small businesses, including a 10% goal for minority- and women-owned small businesses and 3% for businesses owned by disabled veterans. Blair Church & Flynn is a Native American-owned business.