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RTD's West Line project receives national recognition


The Regional Transportation District of Denver's (RTD) West Rail Line project was one of the most significant construction projects of 2012, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

AGC noted that the project was completed eight months ahead of schedule and on budget, "thanks to the construction team's commitment to innovation and ingenuity," according to an RTD press release.

The line travels through three cities, which required agreements between government entities. Denver Transit Construction Group, the project's civil contractor, built 13 bridges, two tunnels, 12 stations and 12 miles of light rail, as well as managed numerous challenges related to relocating utilities and property acquisition, RTD officials said.

The West Rail Line will be the first completed line to open as part of RTD's FasTracks transit expansion program. When it opens on April 26, the route will be known as the "W" Line. The 12.1-mile, 12-station light-rail line will run from Denver Union Station through Lakewood and the Federal Center, and to the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden.

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