Amtrak kick starts procurement for major contract for B&P Tunnel Replacement Program


Amtrak has launched the procurement phase for the more than $1bn Southern Approach construction package, which is considered the first of three major construction contracts for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program in Baltimore, US.

The company has issued a request for letters of interest (LOI) to the industry.

This part of the programme will be finished under a construction manager at-risk (CMAR) delivery mode.

Amtrak executive vice president of capital delivery Laura Mason said: “This is a major milestone for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program and this contract includes several critical elements of the project.

“Amtrak will be procuring multiple construction contracts as part of the program, which will include the construction of the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel, and other supporting investments, such as new bridges and railroad infrastructure, improving this vital stretch of the Northeast Corridor for generations to come.”

The RFP (request for proposals) will be issued for this part of the project later this year.

Contractors who are interested in serving as the CMAR are required to finish the LOI for them to receive the RPF.

Construction contracts of later portions of the programme will be separately procured.

The company stated that it continues to advance design, property acquisitions, and preparations for other minor construction projects related to the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program.

The B&P Tunnel Replacement Program is expected to change the Northeast Corridor in West Baltimore.

The programme includes almost $5bn of construction.

After receipt of new federal funding set up by last year’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Amtrak stated that it will be ready to finish early construction activities.
Image: The B&P Tunnel Replacement Program is expected to change the Northeast Corridor in West Baltimore. Credit: Amtrak/National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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