SR 178/Morning Drive

NV5 provided construction management services for the $26 million State Route (SR)-178/Morning Drive Interchange — a primary thoroughfare that links key parts of the City of Bakersfield. The project involved construction of a new interchange on SR-178 from 0.65 mile west of Morning Drive to 1.2 miles east of Morning Drive. SR-178 was built as a four-lane freeway from the newly built Fairfax Road/SR-178 interchange to east of the existing Morning Drive/SR-178 intersection. Morning Drive was realigned and widened to a six-lane divided roadway south of SR-178. The project included bicycle lanes and sidewalks along both sides of Morning Drive. Sound and retaining walls were built at several locations. The SR-178 and Morning Drive Interchange project was part of the Thomas Roads Improvement Program (TRIP) — a cooperative effort between the City of Bakersfield, County of Kern, Kern Council of Governments, and Caltrans.

This project was successfully completed on schedule, on budget, with no claims.

Multiple utility relocations on the critical path were required to be completed in Stage 1 in order to transition into Stage 2 construction. The utility coordinator compiled a utility matrix and met early with the field utility representatives to discuss the scope of work, exchange plans, and schedule the work. Regular meetings were set up and run by our utility coordinator to ensure that all the utility companies understood other utility contractors’ scopes for installation facilities in a joint trench.

The San Joaquin Kit Fox were located within the project area. The construction management team coordinated with stakeholders well in advance of construction activities in order to have the biologist perform surveys to clear the area in which the contractor intended to work. Biologists also monitored and identified potential dens during the duration of the project. NV5 worked with the contractor to identify work-arounds while dens were relocated in order to minimize the impacts to the construction cost and schedule. The Morning Drive project also included complex architectural features involving multiple formed relief patterns and colors. NV5 ensured that the contractor provided test panels and shop drawings early in the project in order for the stakeholders to make changes if needed.



Bakersfield, CA


City of Bakersfield



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