Featured Project: I-15/I-215 Devore Goods Movement Improvement Project

The $324 Million Devore Interchange Improvement Project will provide relief at the I-15/I-215 junction by reducing congestion, reducing accidents, and improving overall freeway operations. Working closely with AECOM, OPC prepared comprehensive right of way and utility cost estimates and prepared right of way data sheets according to Caltrans guidelines for 6 design alternatives. Each alternative consisted of over 125 parcels and several major utility impacts. OPC successfully negotiated and secured right-of-entry permits for geotechnical and environmental studies on more than 200 parcels, while also performing preliminary title and ownership research. The project is one of a limited number of projects throughout the state of California selected to use the design-build delivery method. Due to the complex requirements of a design-build project, OPC has drawn on its experience with large scale design-build projects like the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project and the SR-22 Improvement Project in order to provide a clear and efficient right of way delivery program.

In February of 2012, OPC was given a full notice to proceed as SANBAG’s right of way consultant. OPC is responsible for all aspects of program management and delivery including real estate, F&E and goodwill appraisals, acquisition, relocation assistance, securing necessary utility rights, parcel mitigation analysis, title and escrow coordination, certification, construction coordination, and post-construction closeout. The current design requires the appraisal and acquisition of over 125 properties involving varying degrees of complex part and full take acquisitions, as well as the relocations of approximately 20 businesses and residential tenants. OPC is also responsible for the utility and railroad coordination through construction and post-construction closeout, which involves coordination with a dozen utility owners, as well as Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF). OPC has actively participated in and conducted project team meetings for right of way, utilities, and railroad coordination throughout the design-build process. 

OPC, along with SANBAG and Caltrans, developed in-depth project budgets and schedules to identify critical path parcels and risks. In an effort to maintain the project schedule, OPC also continues to provide eminent domain support, including preparation of Resolution of Necessities, coordination of Level I and II reviews, and preparation of suit packages.