Friday, March 23, 2012

Contractor named for Mesa, Ariz., LRT extension

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Valley Transit Constructors, a Kiewit/Mass Electric Joint Venture, was selected as the team that will continue designing and building the Valley Metro 3.1-mile Central Mesa light-rail extension in Arizona. Parsons Transportation Group, also part of the team, will serve as lead designer.

"Metro transitioned to a Design-Build delivery method to expedite the project, encourage collaboration and take advantage of favorable market conditions," said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. "We are pleased to have Kiewit, Mass Electric and Parsons Transportation Group back on board following their years helping to successfully design and build portions of the current light rail line."

This decision comes following a nine-month procurement process that sought support from high quality contractor/design teams from across the country. The contract was unanimously approved by the Metro Board of Directors.

VTC will be issued a Limited Notice to Proceed for design and utility relocations in early April. They will then spend time developing a more detailed schedule that will be reviewed with the community at a public meeting slated for end of April. Utility relocation could break ground in late May. The current schedule calls for project completion in 2016, however, the details of the VTC schedule is likely to show this date can be moved up to 2015.

The $200 million Central Mesa light-rail extension will travel through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive. It includes four stations and an end-of-line park-and-ride. More than three-fourths of the project's funding has been programmed with Proposition 400 and federal air quality and grant dollars. METRO expects to receive its full funding commitment from the Federal Transit Administration this summer.

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