Kiewit-Parsons bags £666m contract for light rail extension in US


Kiewit-Parsons has won a design-build contract from the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority for the next phase of the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in the US.

Kiewit-Parsons is a joint venture between Kiewit Infrastructure West and Parsons.

The contract includes $805.6m (£666m) base scope for the first nine miles of the project from Glendora to Pomona.

For the first nine-mile segment, Kiewit-Parsons will be responsible for relocation of the existing freight track, installation of the light rail track system, four new light rail stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona, and improvements at 40 grade crossings, among others.

Of the 40 grade crossing, nearly half will be new or renovated bridges.Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority board chairman and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval said: “This team presented the best of both worlds; the top ranked team in all technical categories and the lowest bid price based on the formula set out in the RFP for the base scope to Pomona and contract option to Montclair.”

Additionally, the contract includes a two-year option to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair in California, for a total contract amount of $1.18bn (£975.8m) subject to securing additional funds by September 2021.

The 12.3-mile extension is part of the first Measure M-funded light rail project.

Earlier, Kiewit and Parsons have teamed up to complete design-build projects, including the first two segments of the Foothill Gold Line project which were completed in 2003 and 2015 respectively.

Kiewit Infrastructure West area manager Steve McFadden said: “Kiewit and Parsons both enjoy a long-time relationship with the Construction Authority, having both worked with the agency since 1999 when we began design on Phase 1 from Union Station to Pasadena.”

Major construction, which will begin in 2020, will comprise two phases – relocating or rebuilding the freight/Metrolink systems and building the Gold Line light rail system. Major part of the construction is expected to be completed in 2026.

Upon completion, the project will extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from its eastern terminus in Azusa through the San Gabriel Valley and into San Bernardino County.

Image: The contract includes a two-year option to complete the full 12.3-mile project to Montclair in California, US. Photo: courtesy of Michael Gaida from Pixabay.

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