LONG BEACH - Holding to its promise to provide opportunities to local and disadvantaged businesses, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) on Thursday awarded a key contraction management contract to a San Pedro firm.
Berg & Associates, Inc. will manage construction of four railroad bridges in the southern section of the corridor project area. They include two bridges over Dominguez Channel between Interstate 405 and Sepulveda Boulevard, a bridge over Compton Creek near the State Route 91 onramp, and the Long Beach Lead Rail Bridge connecting the mainline to the Port of Long Beach.
Berg and three of its subconsultants -- Vali Cooper, Inc. of Upland; Forster Company, Inc. of Los Angeles; and
Cabrinha, Hearn & Associates of Pasadena - are certified as disadvantaged business enterprises
(DBEs). They will perform an estimated 75 percent of the work under the contract, valued at $3.5 million.
"Besides offering a competitive price and experience, Berg & Associates made an effort to include local participation in its proposal," said ACTA Board Chairman Rudy
Svorinich, Jr., a Los Angeles City Councilman. "That's important to the Corridor Communities, and it's important to us."
Berg utilized the resources and assistance provided by the Alameda Corridor Business Outreach Program
(ACBOP) to learn about opportunities and network with other firms. The ACBOP is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development, and is administered by the Minority Business Opportunity Committee.
Berg also has advertised for new employees in the corridor communities.
The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile railroad freight expressline linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental rail yards just east of downtown Los Angeles. It will speed the flow of cargo by consolidating rail lines and eliminating at-grade crossings.
The $2 billion project, one of the biggest public works projects now underway in the nation, also includes widening of roadways and other work to improve the flow of vehicle traffic. Construction began last year and is scheduled for completion in 2001.