Thursday, July 05, 2012

RTD recommends Kiewit proposal to complete full I-225 rail line

RTD recommends Kiewit proposal to complete full I-225 rail line RTD

Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) staff recommended to the RTD Board of Directors to move forward with a proposal from Kiewit Infrastructure Co., to complete the I-225 Light Rail Line to Peoria, Colo.

The proposal also commits to completing construction of the line by November 2015, around the same general timeframe as completion of the East Rail Line. The Kiewit team also includes Mass. Electric Construction Co., AECOM and RBC Capital Markets.

Highlights of the Kiewit proposal and the proposal submitted by Balfour Beatty Ames Joint Venture were shared with the RTD Board, which will hear public comment on the recommendation before making a final decision.

The public will have an opportunity to provide input at a special FasTracks Monitoring Committee meeting on July 10. The Board will hear additional public comment, discuss the matter and take action in committee on July 17. The Board is then expected to take formal action on a contract award at a Special Board meeting on July 24.

"We had two very sound proposals, but all things considered, the Kiewit proposal provides the better value and allows us to complete another FasTracks project," said RTD General Manager Phil Washington. "The connectivity between major employment and medical centers and DIA will benefit the entire region."

Completion of the I-225 Rail Line through Aurora to the East Rail Line at Smith and Peoria will connect major destinations like the Aurora City Center, the Anschutz/Fitzsimons Medical Campus and Denver International Airport.

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