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Denver RTD to contract Kiewit Infrastructure to build I-225 light-rail line

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) soon will have another FasTracks line under construction. Yesterday, the agency’s board approved a proposal by Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to complete the I-225 light-rail line to Peoria, Colo.

In March, the consortium — which comprises Kiewit Corp., Mass. Electric Construction Co., AECOM and RBC Capital Markets — approached RTD staff with an “unsolicited proposal” to build the line by November 2015, according to a press release. After reviewing the proposal, RTD officials launched a competitive bidding process. Balfour Beatty Ames Joint Venture also bid on the project.

Once RTD finalizes contract negotiations with Kiewit and issues a notice to proceed, expected later this summer, Kiewit can begin building the second phase of the I-225 project. In May, RTD launched construction on the first segment of the line between Parker Road and Ilif under a contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation, which also is making highway improvements in the area.

The 10.5-mile, eight-station I-225 corridor will run through the city of Aurora and also serve a small section of the city and county of Denver. It will connect the existing Southeast light-rail line’s Nine Mile Station with the planned East Corridor’s Peoria/Smith Station.

RTD expects to open the line in mid-2016 after about six months of testing.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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