California Region Wins 2024 AGC of California Constructor Award in Heavy Civil $15 Million & Under Category

California Region Wins 2024 AGC of California Constructor Award in Heavy Civil $15 Million & Under Category

Monterey, CA – It’s not just the grandeur of buildings or the expanse of bridges that defines California’s construction industry. Rather, it’s the visionaries and pioneers who lead the way, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s construction landscape. The AGC of California’s Constructor Awards pay homage to these trailblazers, celebrating innovation and excellence.

Project Spotlight: Laguna Seca Start/Finish Bridge & Overlay

Nestled along California’s breathtaking central coast, the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca stands as a historic gem. With 11 challenging turns and a track length of 2.238 miles, this iconic racing circuit has witnessed countless thrilling moments.

The Challenge

Built in 1957, the raceway hosts a diverse array of events each year, from high-speed car and motorcycle championships to antique car gatherings and electrifying concerts. However, accessibility posed a significant challenge. The existing wood start/finish line bridge needed an upgrade to accommodate pedestrians and utility vehicles seamlessly.

Granite Construction Steps In

Enter Granite, entrusted by the County of Monterey to transform the raceway’s accessibility. Their mission: the Laguna Seca Start/Finish Bridge and Overlay Project. Here’s how they elevated the experience:

Wider Steel Truss Bridge: The aging wooden bridge gave way to a new, wider steel truss bridge. This modern marvel meets ADA compliance standards, ensuring safe passage for all.

Illuminating the Way: Granite didn’t stop at the bridge. New lighting systems brighten the path, enhancing safety and visibility for racers, spectators, and staff.

Storm Drainage and Retaining Walls: The project addressed stormwater management with improved drainage systems. Additionally, cast-in-place concrete retaining walls stabilized the surroundings.

Rumble Strips and Run-Off Areas: Safety took center stage. Upgraded rumble strips and shoulder run-off areas enhance track safety during high-speed maneuvers.

Precision Resurfacing: The entire track surface received a facelift. Two inches of specialized asphalt concrete ensure optimal performance for racers hurtling around the bends.

The Iconic Start/Finish Bridge

Only overshadowed by the legendary Corkscrew and Andretti Hairpin, the Laguna Seca Start/Finish Bridge stands as a testament to engineering prowess. It’s not merely a structure; it’s a gateway to adrenaline-fueled moments on the track.

A Grateful Racing Community

Luis Alejo, Chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, acknowledges the significance: “The new bridge at Laguna Seca is a long overdue investment. It shows our commitment to maintaining this world-renowned racetrack, attracting premier events and tourism to Monterey County.”

A Legacy Continues

Granite’s flawless execution brings us closer to the finish line. As the track gears up for the Trans Am SpeedFest and the Motul Course de Monterey, powered by Hyundai, we celebrate not just a bridge but a legacy of excellence.