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Granite Construction Co.’s I-80 resurfacing

project stretches for 20 miles in Tooele
County, Utah.

Becoming Master Builders

The Utah operations of Granite Construction, a major player in the state’s public works market, recently
completed a challenging road resurfacing project along I-80 in Tooele County.

By Joanna Miller majority of the work, Fernald says. Public works projects

G ranite Construction Co.’s Utah office is a major

player in the state’s public works market. The com-
pany completes the majority of its public projects
for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and
recently completed the I-80 milepost 10 to milepost 30
make up the majority of the Utah office’s work, although it
takes on some private projects. The company’s primary
Utah office is located in Salt Lake City, and it operates
smaller offices in West Haven and Heber City, Utah.
Granite has been active in the Utah market since 1995
resurfacing project in Tooele County. when it acquired Gibbons & Reed Co. “Since then, Granite
The company removed five to six inches of existing as- has been providing quality construction services and agg-
phalt surface and paved it with new asphalt. The $16 mil- regate materials throughout the Salt Lake Valley, northern
lion project began in fall 2005 and was completed in July Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado,” the company says.
2006, says Project Manager Scott Fernald. “We pride ourselves on our quality work and great cus-
One of the biggest challenges throughout the project was tomer relationships.”
the continuous stream of extensive truck
Granite Construction Co.
I-80 Project traffic on the road. “The other challenge ‘Master Builders’ was weather,” he says. “The area is known Granite Construction Co., a subsidiary of Granite Construct-
Project cost: $16 million for high winds. That made maintaining ion Inc., says it is one of the nation’s largest heavy civil con-
Location: Tooele County, Utah
Employees: 20 traffic control difficult at times.” tractors and construction materials producers. The compa-
Scope: Asphalt resurfacing Granite Construction had approximate- ny was founded in 1922 and currently serves public- and
Scott Fernald, project manag- ly 20 employees working on the project private-sector clients nationwide.
er: “The area is known for high
winds. That made maintaining and five subcontractors. “We are best known for transportation infrastructure proj-
traffic control difficult at times.” The company self-performed the ects including roads, highways, tunnels, bridges, mass tran-