Aldridge-Parsons JV wins £156m systems contract for Southwest LRT project

WCN Editorial Team 20 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Metropolitan Council of Minnesota has awarded a systems contract worth $194.4m (£156m) to the Aldridge-Parsons Joint Venture for the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project.

The systems contract value is claimed to be second only to the nearly $800m (£642m) civil construction contract awarded last November.

It includes the construction and installation of equipment such as overhead catenary lines, traction power, and communication systems.

Aldridge claims to have experience in working on LRT corridors and has performed the systems work on Central Corridor LRT (METRO Green Line).

Parsons has also worked on local rail projects including the Northstar Commuter Rail and Target Field Station.

Southwest LRT (the Green Line extension) is a 14.5-mile long line with 16 stations across Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, nearby Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.

Metropolitan Council chair Nora Slawik said: “With the award of the systems contract, 97 percent of Southwest LRT contracts have been committed.

“This is a major milestone and I would like to thank our local project partners and the Federal Transit Administration for their commitment to this important transportation project.

“We look forward to working together with our project partners and stakeholders as we seek approval of the Full Funding Grant Agreement, and are eagerly anticipating opening day in 2023.”

The contract award from Metropolitan Council follows the project receiving a second Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) from the Federal Transit Administration last month.

The letters have it possible for the early construction work on the project eligible for federal reimbursement upon award of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), which is expected early next year.

With FFGA, the federal government is expected to contribute about $929m (£745m), which is about half of the project cost.

Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority chair Jan Callison said: “This is another major step forward for this critical investment. Judicious project oversight and careful resource management by project partners is helping to keep Southwest LRT on track. Our shared vision is clear, and we are working together to deliver this third light rail project for our region.”

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Image:Aldridge-ParsonsJV win Metropolican Council SWLRT contract. Photo: Courtesy of Reginar/Unsplash.

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