Caltrans SR 70 Binney Junction Roadway Rehabilitation & Complete Streets CMGC 

Mission Critical has worked with Walsh Construction (Walsh) on dozens of pursuits over the past few years, winning and shortlisting on multi-million-dollar alternative delivery contracts across the western US. This pursuit was unique due to the need for the coordination of both rail and levee entities in addition to half a dozen utility providers and directly affected public stakeholders. After six weeks of intense research, writing, and designing, the Mission Critical team delivered a well-thought-out, cohesively curated document that allowed Walsh to shortlist on this vital Caltrans project.

As part of Caltrans’ Alternative Delivery program, the SR 70 Binney Junction project was procured using Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC) methodology. The two-step procurement included an initial Request for Qualifications with shortlisted firms invited to participate in a scored, 60-minute CMGC interview by video conference.

The SR 70 Binney Junction Roadway Rehabilitation and Complete Streets CMGC project was created to fix an unsafe underpass condition, relieve traffic congestion, and improve mobility for pedestrians and cyclists in Marysville, CA. The Marysville and Binney Junction rail overpass structures do not meet current vertical clearance standards, which has resulted in numerous closures due to trucks impacting the structures. In just the past five years, there have been 26 recorded impacts. By replacing and lengthening the Marysville and Binney Junction underpasses, two separate structures carrying UPRR, BNSF, and Amtrak trains, while grading the roadway that passes beneath them, the unsafe condition will be resolved. This project also provides the rehabilitation of the existing corridor to meet the multi-modal vision of Caltrans Complete Streets regional connectivity and local access while reducing future traffic congestion and improving operations and safety. 

Mission Critical’s Impact

When this transportation infrastructure project was advertised, the procurement package contained over a thousand pages of research, materials, plans, and ideas—representing years of Caltrans District 3’s efforts to make this project a reality. Beginning six weeks before the issue of the procurement, Mission Critical started working with the Walsh team to identify key personnel, experience, and potential approaches to accelerate the project while simplifying the overall scope and impact of the proposed work. In addition to participating with Walsh’s team in contractor-agency meetings before the release, Mission Critical met with the project team on-site for multiple site visits in Marysville and led focus group efforts in Walsh’s offices in Concord, CA.

Over several weeks, the Mission Critical team built a detailed document which went through multiple review cycles with the Walsh team. During this process, Mission Critical worked with Walsh to generate narratives that optimally communicated their project experience and develop unique yet rational innovative construction approaches. With our network of vetted Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Mission Critical was also able to suggest the addition of RailPros (rail coordination and safety), Odin Construction Solutions (levee construction and coordination with USACE), Lucca Group (cohesive scheduling), and Bargas Environmental (environmental compliance and permitting). These value-added SMEs provided unique and valuable insights into specific project elements which added layers of complexity to this already intricate project. 

Working across five time zones, Mission Critical and the Walsh team developed overall qualification narratives, with Mission Critical taking the lead in developing technical illustrations depicting Walsh’s phased approach to accelerated construction. Together, the Mission Critical and Walsh teams melded hands-on knowledge from site visits with our combined technical strengths as constructors and technical writers to generate a proposal that optimally represents Walsh’s strong qualifications and experiences that demonstrate their success in managing complex transportation infrastructure projects The result of this collaborative effort was a highly specialized but concise and clear Statement of Qualifications that consistently paired Walsh’s experience with their proposed method of delivery.

Mission Critical did a fantastic job of supporting the Walsh team in every aspect of this pursuit…we knew how we wanted to build the project, but Mission Critical was key in getting our ideas into clear, scorable material.

David Cramer
Senior Project Manager,
Walsh Construction

If you’d like to read more about Mission Critical’s winning CMGC pursuits, you can check out $130M Sacramento River Bridge Overhead Deck Replacement and Dunsmuir Gap CMGC.

10/2021 Shortlist Update

Mission Critical is excited to announce that the Walsh’s team was shortlisted by Caltrans District 3 for this project in September 2021. Read more here.

Key Information

  • Walsh Construction
  • Rail Pros, Inc.
  • Bargas Environmental, Inc.
  • Odin Construction Solutions
  • Lucca Group, Inc.


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