OHL has recently won two contracts in the United States for a total of 51 million euros (57.6 million dollars). The global infrastructure group, via its subsidiary companies, Judlau Contracting and OHL USA, will work on projects in Massachusetts and Texas.
Judlau Contracting will work on the improvement of four stations in the Boston subway -specifically Downtown Crossing, State, Haymarket and North Station. The project is valued at 26.3 million euros (30 million dollars) and consists of improvements at these four stations on the Orange Line. This project will bring the wayfinding in each station to compliance with all required standards and guidelines, and will improve accessibility overall, which will allow customers to reach their destinations more quickly and safely.
Many of the work activities are designed to provide a better experience to customers such as the cleaning and painting elements and the 40,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) flooring replacement at North Station, which will improve a major MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) hub by providing a new, safer flooring system.
Additional scopes of work include updating wayfinding station signage by demolishing the existing one; repairing finishes; providing new signage; cleaning of all interior station surfaces comprised of ceilings, walls, floors and track beds; prep and painting all previously painted surfaces (including ceilings, walls, hollow doors and frames, among others); replacement of the North Station tile floor with Terrazzo; refinishing wood benches; and the cleaning of artwork, including stone benches.
In Texas, OHL USA is constructing an interchange on US 287 over Walnut Grove road in Midlothian, Texas, for 24.7 million euros (27.6 million dollars). The primary objective of the project is to streamline and improve traffic flow, while reducing serious accidents that have plagued this intersection. The project will also stimulate the growth of business along US 287.
The scope of work consists of grading, asphalt & concrete paving, storm drainage, 3-span bridge, retaining walls, culverts, signing, pavement markings and landscaping. This project will provide a mainlane bridge overpass with on and off ramps for access to the Walnut Grove road intersection. The overall project length is approximately 1.135 miles (1.827 kilometres)
A successful track record in the USA
OHL is present in the USA since 2006 and, in addition to OHL USA and Judlau, the OHL Group’s companies in the country include Community Asphalt Corp., OHL Arellano Construction Co. and OHL Building Inc. Through these companies, the Group is active in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
Among the projects performed in the country, of particular note is the improvement of highway I-405 from State Route 73 to Interstate 605, with a budget of 1,1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars), the single largest project in the company’s history in the USA. In addition, the Group has built or rehabilitated stations for the New York City Subway System, constructed an innovation center at Miami Dade College, performed civil work at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, and is currently working on the replacement of the sewage outlet pipe of the Bergen Point wastewater treatment plant in Babylon, OHL’s first project on Long Island.
Furthermore, Judlau Contracting recently has been named as ENR New York's 2019 Contractor of the Year. In honoring Judlau, this prestigious magazine cited the company’s “notable accomplishments”, including the Canarsie Tunnel rehabilitation, the Throgs Neck Bridge project, the Riverside Drive Viaduct rehabilitation, the Enhanced Stations Initiative and the Queens Midtown Tunnel rehabilitation project.