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Valley Metro honored for Northwest light-rail extension project

The Northern Avenue Station on the Northwest Extension.
Photo – Valley Metro

The Associated General Contractors of America has named Valley Metro's Northwest light-rail extension the winner of the 2017 Alliant Build America Award in the highway and transportation category.

The award reflects the successful delivery of a construction project involving major utility relocation in a densely urbanized community while maintaining access to neighborhoods, businesses and schools in the area, Valley Metro officials said in a press release.

The $327 million, 3.2-mile extension opened March 19, 2016. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget, agency officials said.

"The hard work and planning that's now being deservedly recognized has helped connect tens of thousands of residents to jobs, education, medical appointments and entertainment throughout the Valley while serving as a catalyst for old and new businesses along the extension," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The project also received the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for collaboration between construction contractor Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck, Valley Metro, the city of Phoenix, third-party utility companies and community stakeholders.

The extension's second phase is slated to open in 2023.

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