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Granite Secures $55 Million Contract for Road Expansion in Tucson, Arizona

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Granite Construction, headquartered in Watsonville, California, secured a $55 million contract for the expansion of a section of Grant Road in Tucson, Arizona, the contractor announced in a January 31st press release. The project involves widening Grant Road to accommodate six lanes for through traffic along with a median featuring left turn lane pockets.

The project also entails the installation of new curbs, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic signals, streetlights, and a detention pond. Subterranean tasks will involve replacing water mains, adding sewer mains, constructing cross roadway box culverts and storm drains, as well as installing a substantial 96" diameter culvert to manage storm runoff.

Granite will extend approximately 1.5 miles of the roadway, a significant thoroughfare in Tucson, from Palo Verde Boulevard to Venice Place. This initiative constitutes Phase 3 and 4 of the broader Grant Road Improvement Project, which has been underway since at least 2013, following the completion of its initial phase.

The project is part of Pima County's $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Authority's 20-year plan which is providing funding. Despite Granite's current segment being relatively modest in scope, it aligns with the company's revised approach of pursuing smaller, more manageable contracts with shorter timelines, facilitating budgeting and estimation compared to billion-dollar mega projects.

This endeavor also corresponds with Granite's strategy of focusing on its "home market," targeting projects in regions where it operates aggregate and road material facilities. The company's nearby Swan Plant facility will supply 36,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt, deliver 40,000 tons of aggregate base course, and provide 32,500 pounds of storm water and sewer bedding and shading sand for the project.

​​“In addition to serving as an anchor project to the Arizona region and local workforce, the project also compliments our vertically integrated business with a need for aggregates and asphalt on the project,” said Todd Hill, Granite’s vice president of regional operations, in the release. 

Granite anticipates work to begin in April 2024 with the project completed by December 2026.

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