With California being the most populous state in the country, there are all kinds of construction companies involved in many different projects at any given time. These companies are oftentimes in competition with one another, but there are also many times when they work together on projects. Whether the relationship is between different construction companies, or between construction companies and their contractors, vendors and customers, usually there is a contract underpinning the rights and obligations of the respective parties.
A high-speed rail link connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles has been in the pipeline for a long time but the work has not picked up much pace. With the 2022 deadline for this project not too far away, the federal government is threatening to take away the funds that it had granted for this project. However, it now seems that the pace of work would finally pick up as the California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a Request for Qualification that is worth approximately $1.65 billion.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with any project, but most are addressed with a thorough contract. Having said that, there are also a lot of things that can go wrong with any contract, but most arise from one single fault during the creation process: ambiguity. There is nothing a construction contract can be that is worse than ambiguous. Yet it sometimes occurs - most often when numerous documents are combined to form the contract for the project (i.e. general conditions, principal agreement, supplementary conditions, specifications, drawings, change orders, etc.) Rushing to finalize contracts can end up resulting in conflicts between statements being overlooked and other unintended consequences.