Contact: Mario Icari
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By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Office
SAN DIEGO (NNS) - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded a $14.23 million contract to Hal Hays Construction Inc. of Riverside March 25 for design and construction of an access point at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (MCBCP).
The project is designed to accommodate main amphibious operations training at the "Red Beach" area of MCBCP.
"The vertical and horizontal choke point at Interstate-5 and the railroad bridge at Red Beach have taken away the realism of amphibious training as the larger vehicles couldn't directly participate in the flow from the sea to the inland objectives," said Elizabeth Cavagnaro, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for this project. "These artificial choke points degraded the training and tactical operational decision-making of those who train aboard the installation."
Hal Hays Construction Inc. will construct a single track multi-span bridge structure. This project will minimize the artificial choke point at the 100-year-old railroad bridge adjacent to Interstate-5 by widening and paving the roadway to support two lanes of large tactical vehicle traffic. Demolition involves removing the existing unreinforced arch bridge and wing walls.
"This will improve the realism of the tactical training for those aboard the installation," said Cavagnaro. "The only way the roadway can be widened to this extent is to replace the existing narrow concrete arch railroad bridge with a concrete and steel box girder railroad bridge."
NAVFAC Southwest is the contracting activity. Work will be performed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.