SEATTLE-New York City-based Skanska is expanding itsinfrastructure construction and civil engineering operations to thenorthwestern US. It was just awarded the assignment for the AlaskanWay Viaduct in Seattle, a contract that amounts to $115 million.The project has committed funding from the state gas tax andfederal sources.

The customer is the Washington State Department ofTransportation. The project involves the construction of a new0.8-mile viaduct on the southern section of the Alaskan Way on theState Route 99 bypass in downtown Seattle. The new stretch will bebuilt in parallel with and replace the existing heavily-traffickedroad. The new construction is expected to increase capacity andimprove the earthquake resistance.

The project will be conducted by Skanska USA Building andSkanska USA Civil, which now have a joint base in Seattle. “It isour strategic intention to also become established withininfrastructure construction and civil engineering in this expansiveregion, where we have a long tradition in building construction. Itis highly gratifying that we have now secured our first roadcontract and I am certain that we will expand in this market,” saysMike McNally, executive vice president of Skanska, in a preparedstatement.

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