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Spanish OHL awarded $142-million contract in Texas

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MADRID | This contract award is highly relevant for OHL in light of the competition with strong local construction companies.

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The OHL Group said this week it has broadened its construction activities in the US to Texas, where OHL US South Region, based in Miami, has recently opened its regional headquarters. Texas joins Florida and New York as states in which OHL Construction has been working since 2006 and 2010 respectively.

“Our entry into the State of Texas has come by way of a contract worth $142 million (€108.4 million) awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation to improve a section spanning 3.2 km of highway U.S. 290,” the Spanish company explained in a press release, “within the framework of the program initiated to increase the number of lanes along this infrastructure.”

The project includes reconstruction work on the existing roadway, the construction of new bridges along almost a full kilometre in addition to repaving and drainage work.

“One of the most delicate points of this contract,” according to the corporation’s communicate, will entail managing traffic on the highway during the work, since OHL will have to guarantee unlimited circulation with maximum safety.

This contract award is highly relevant for OHL in light of the competition with strong local construction companies. The activities of OHL Construction in the US began in the State of Florida in 2006, participating as shareholder in the construction companies Community Asphalt and Tower Group, which were joined by Arellano Construction and Stride Contractors in 2008. A strategic partnership embodied by an alliance forged with New York construction company Judlau Contracting aided entry into the New York State market in 2010.

In 2012, OHL concluded project Metrorail Orange Line in Miami to become the first Spanish construction company to enter the railway sector in the United States of America. OHL is currently undertaking a massive project also in Miami for the 826/836 interchange, through which 200,000 vehicles circulate daily. The traffic control in the context of construction work on the interchange has earned official recognition from the Governor of Florida.

In New York, through the subsidiary Judlau Contracting, OHL is a large provider for the city’s subway, where it was recently awarded two substantial contracts for the Cortlandt Street and 72nd St Stations, with a budget of over €262 million.

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