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Low Bidder Announced for Daniel K. Inouye Highway Project

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. today announced that its affiliate, Road and Highway Builders, LLC (RHB), is apparent low bidder on a $61.0 million Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) project to perform reconstruction work on a 6.6 mile stretch of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The project, which will begin in the first quarter of 2016 and be completed in approximately two years, will require 800,000 cubic yards of excavation, construction of several large concrete structures, and 80,000 tons of asphalt paving.

Saddle Road earlier in project.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Stene

Saddle Road earlier in project. Photo courtesy of Aaron Stene

Paul J. Varello, Sterling’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The Daniel K. Inouye Highway, known to locals as Saddle Road, was built in the 1940’s to connect the major population centers on the east and west coasts of the island. In 2004, FHWA began a multi-phase project to upgrade the original 48-mile route to meet the current standards of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. RHB completed one of the phases between 2009 and 2011.

The current phase requires a high degree of experience and sophisticated construction capabilities given the highway’s age and its maximum elevation of over 6,600 feet. We are pleased to have been selected to rebuild a portion of this important and historic roadway, and look forward to collaborating with the FHWA on other projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”

Sterling is a leading heavy civil construction company that specializes in the building and reconstruction of transportation and water infrastructure projects in Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and other states where there are profitable construction opportunities. Its transportation infrastructure projects include highways, roads, bridges and light rail. Its water infrastructure projects include water, wastewater and storm drainage systems.

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