Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the award of a £209 (US$343) million joint venture contract with Graham Contracting for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver USA to initiate the first phase of design and construction on the North Metro Rail Line project.
This is the third in a series of electrified commuter rail lines that the JV is building across the region as part of its ambitious FasTracks programme, with the first two well under construction as part of the Eagle P3 project, where Balfour Beatty is also engaged in the delivery of the project.
As part of the initial phase, Regional Rail Partners will design and build the new 13-mile commuter rail line from Denver Union Station to 124th Avenue, which will serve Denver, Commerce City, Thornton, Northglenn and Adams County.
Design begins immediately, with the first groundbreaking scheduled for spring of 2014. The first phase of the North Metro Rail will open in 2018. When the entire line is completed it will span 18.5 miles between Union Station and 162nd Avenue/Colorado Highway 7.
“We are pleased to be continuing our partnership with the RTD on its successful FasTracks programme through our involvement in the West Rail Line and On-call Services contracts as well as our current work on the Eagle P3 project,” commented Andrew McNaughton, CEO, Balfour Beatty. “This project builds on our growing experience in rail development around the world.”
Balfour Beatty Rail is the managing joint venture partner of Regional Rail Partners. Stantec Consulting Services serves as the lead designer with Parsons Brinckerhoff serving in the role of a sub-designer to Stantec.
The complete 18.5 mile North Metro Line is part of RTD’s FasTracks transit expansion programme which includes building out six new rail lines, a bus rapid transit line, and redeveloping Denver Union Station as the transit hub of the Denver metro area.
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1. Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.
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