Cofiroute USA Signs New $60 Million Operating Contract for 91 Express Lanes Extension in California June 20, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. – Cofiroute USA, a VINCI Autoroutes subsidiary, signed a $60 million five-year contract with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for the operation of 10 miles of new Express Lanes on State Route 91 (SR-91), which are located in the south of Los Angeles. The contract, which is scheduled to come into force on completion of construction in 2017, covers SR-91’s lane monitoring, maintenance of highway equipment, supervision of the toll system, back-office and customer service management. Cofiroute USA has been participating in the lane’s and its free flow toll system since the project started in 1995, operating the existing 10 miles for the OCTA since 2002. The new free flow toll section is part of a vast highway development program worth nearly $1.3 billion. The Riverside County agency is responsible for the project management. The construction includes the widening of the SR-91 to a seven-lane freeway, building an interchange and an extension of the existing Express Lanes. Awarded by the RCTC to a joint venture comprising Atkinson Contractors and Walsh Construction, construction will start at the end of 2013 and are expected to take three years to complete. Kirk Avila, general manager of the 91 Express Lanes for OCTA, said the expansion will benefit the entire regional transportation system. “OCTA is very proud of the role that the 91 Express Lanes plays in helping reduce congestion,” Avila said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with RCTC and Cofiroute USA on this project.” Gary Hausdorfer, president and CEO of Cofiroute USA, said that the new contract is the result of Cofiroute USA performance and experience operating the existing 91 Express Lanes in Orange County. The Orange County segment of the toll road runs for 10 miles, from the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) in the west to the Riverside County line in the east. Cofiroute USA has continuously operated express toll lanes (HOT Lanes) longer than any other toll road operator in the United States.