South Coast Rail Project kicks off first phase

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
MBTA kicks off first phase of South Coast Rail Project.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has a project underway that will bring commuter service from Boston to Southeastern Massachusetts exurbs and suburbs, and it’s called the South Coast Rail Project, according to Engineering News-Record.

MBTA announced that the first phase of the project has been awarded to Skanska, a Swedish international construction firm, and a local contractor, D.W. White Construction. MBTA said five other construction teams also bid for the project, with dollar amounts ranging from $163.9 million to $217.2 million. The value of the contract between MBTA and Skanska/D.W. White is $159 million.

The project will be focused on reconfiguring over 12 miles of rail freight line, along with the construction (both design and build) of two commuter rail stations. Construction will begin this summer, with targeted completion in late 2023.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said “This award . . .is a major step forward for South Coast Rail as we continue to build upon the foundation MassDOT provided for this project.”

In a blog post, MBTA officials said the project will include “one under-grade bridge, ten grade crossings, six interlockings, ten culverts and additional systems infrastructure.” Work will also be done on eight railroad bridges.

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