Ouachita River bridgeThe new Ouachita River Bridge in Harrisonburg, La., will greatly improve traffic flow in the region.

By Jim Harris

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) early next year will complete the replacement of a more than 80-year-old bridge.

Contractor Gilchrist Construction in May 2014 began work on the new bridge, located on state route LA-8 in Harrisonburg, La. The $37 million bridge, which spans the Ouachita River, replaces a structure built in 1932, LaDOTD Project Engineer Charlie Franklin says. The contract for the project was awarded in late 2013.

Skanska picSkanska USA’s dedication to the environment and safety underpins its work on the realignment of California’s SR-58. By Jim Harris

Skanska USA is applying its core values and dedication to safety to a $115.8 million highway realignment project in California. The western branch of the construction leader’s civil division is leading an effort to widen and realign a portion of State Route 58 from a two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway.

The nine-mile-long section, located in the unincorporated community of Hinkley in San Bernandino County, is the latest portion of Route 58 to receive an upgrade. The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) engineered, designed and is funding the project, supplemented with federal funds, in an effort to increase capacity on the highway and ensure motorist safety, Skanska USA Senior Project Manager John Matich says.


Ghilotti Ghilotti Construction Co. values its ability to build relationships and support its communities.

By Tim O’Connor

Richard Ghilotti was born into a construction family and learned early on that the industry was built on relationships. He had an opportunity to form those relationships early in his career while attending Santa Clara University where he made connections with many future owners and contractors. “It’s amazing how many people I went to college with who are in construction today,” Ghilotti says. “It helps to know some of the owners of the companies and have the ability to bid on their work.”

Those relationships led to Ghilotti’s company, Ghilotti Construction Co., being chosen to complete site preparation work for projects such as Sonoma Raceway and Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. 

Thalle pic 2Thalle Construction's experience on large civil projects earned it a nearly $150 million pipeline and reservoir project in Texas.

By Jim Harris

Thalle Construction Co.'s extensive experience completing dam, reservoir and large-diameter utility work makes it the ideal company to complete a large water utility project in north-central Texas. The company in November 2014 was awarded a $149.6 million contract to build a roughly 13-mile-long section of water pipeline and related infrastructure in Midlothian, Texas, part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Tarrant Regional Water District awarded the contract based on factors including the company's experience, self-performing and scheduling capabilities, as well as pricing.

Minger Construction picMinnesota’s Minger Construction has a reputation for taking on challenging and complex civil and utility construction.

By Chris Petersen

Many contractors like to focus on the easy projects, but that’s not how Minger Construction in Minnesota built its name. President Luke Minger says the company has earned a reputation over the years for rolling up its sleeves and tackling some of the most challenging heavy civil and utility work in the upper Midwest.

As Minger puts it, the company is proud to be known for taking on work that many other civil contractors would think twice about. “We’re kind of in a niche,” he says. “We do a lot of tricky projects.

“We get a lot of phone calls from people who know that we can tackle a project no one else can handle,” he adds.

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(Photo credit: Brian Fritz Photography)

F.H. Paschen is at work on Illinois’ Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project.

By Alan Dorich

If there is anything drivers want, it is the ability to get to their destination as quickly and smoothly as possible. Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project will help them do that with the addition of 17 miles of new roads and 15 new or improved interchanges.

OlympicExtensive work during pre-planning helps Olympic Builders perform at an exceptional level on every project it undertakes.

By Eric Slack

Founded in March 1979 by William Yahnke and Ray Erickson, Olympic Builders has built a reputation for high-quality construction, timely project completions and staying within budget. Since its earliest days, Olympic Builders has believed in doing whatever it takes to get a job done right. Initially with offices in a spare bedroom of Bill’s parents home, Bill’s father Harlan Yahnke also worked for more than 25 years for Olympic Builders until his upper 80s and still stops to check on things today at the age of 91.

Manafort picManafort Brothers is setting an example for the first design/build highway project in Connecticut and using prefabricated bridge units to do it.

By Russ Gager

Drivers complain about poor highway infrastructure, but they do not like being rerouted when it is being improved. So the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) decided to accelerate replacement of four bridges on Route 8/25 in Bridgeport, Conn., by using the accelerated bridge construction (ABC) technique coupled with the design/build project delivery method for the first time and having the general contractor of the project, Manafort Brothers, prefabricate bridge components. This will limit long-term lane restrictions for bridge construction to two two-week periods during the entire project.

Through this pilot program, Manafort Brothers and its team of engineers, and subcontractors are reducing 16 spans of elevated bridges to six. “The project has been an invaluable opportunity for us and all parties involved,” Manafort Brothers Heavy Highway Department Manager Justin Gill maintains.

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