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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Connecting the dots of who benefits...Follow the money!

From Sylvia Plummer 


Here is an older article detailing "LA Metro Selects HDR for I-710 Corridor Project North Utility Study"


LA Metro Selects HDR for I-710 Corridor Project North Utility Study

February 17, 2012

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has approved the selection of HDR to perform the I-710 Corridor Project North Utility Study.

The Long Beach Freeway (I-710) is a vital transportation artery, linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to major Southern California distribution centers and intermodal rail facilities. An essential component of the regional, statewide and national transportation system, it serves both passenger and goods movement vehicles.

In response to the need to improve traffic and safety conditions caused by population growth, increased cargo container volume at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, increasing traffic volumes and an aging infrastructure, Metro and its project partners are preparing to make improvements to the I-710 corridor between SR 60 and the ports.

HDR will provide comprehensive utility relocation strategy and advance planning studies for the segment of the I-710 corridor that stretches from north of the Los Angeles River to the SR 60 freeway. HDR’s work includes complex geometric design for a six-mile segment of the planned freight corridor, analysis of river hydraulics and relocation strategies for high-voltage electrical transmission lines in the highly constrained Los Angeles River corridor. The Notice to Proceed will be issued on February 21.

HDR is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services through our various operating companies. More than 7,800 professionals are committed to helping clients manage complex projects and make sound decisions. Learn more at hdrinc.com.

This company, HDR, is the Titanium Sponsor of this years Mobility 21 2013 summit.

And Susan Bolan provides the connection to another Metro subcontractor, InfraConsult, who worked on the PPP analysis and proposals::

"Not surprising; I didn't even notice that.  HDR Engineering last July bought out InfraConsult and now Michael Schneider is one of their top executives who since then has been marketing our little project to investors and visiting the White House to push through Federal legislation and money.  These people are very powerful indeed.

What HDR is doing for the I-710 South is just dealing with the utility relocations, but it gets their feet into the project."