The County of Madera in Oakhurst, California, US, has selected Granite Construction for the Oakhurst Midtown Connector project.

The $12m project includes the construction of a new two-lane road that will link State Route 41 with Indian Springs Road / High School Road in Oakhurst.

Madera County officials expect the new road to ease traffic congestion from Highway 41 to Road 426.

Under the contract, Granite will be responsible for the roadway’s construction, two signalised intersections and a cast-in-place box girder bridge over Nelder Creek.

It will also construct bike lanes and sidewalks as part of the contract.

Construction at the site has been initiated by the company and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.

Upon completion, the Oakhurst Midtown Connector project is expected to create an additional route to the Indian Springs and School Road corridor.

Granite area manager Jeff Grimm said: “We look forward to working with Madera County on this project to help mitigate traffic congestion and provide a safe path for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The project will also benefit from the internal joint venture between our Granite Fresno and Bakersfield teams.”

Last month, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) appointed Granite Construction as the construction manager / general contractor (CM/GC) for the $257m State Route 99 rehabilitation project in the US.

The rehabilitation project will cover a road stretch from El Dorado Street to Clinton Avenue in Fresno, California.

By the end of this year, Granite will assume the construction management section of the contract, and from mid-2024 it will assume the role of a general contractor.