Tutor Perini and Middlesex JV named low-bidder for $403m US rail project


South Coast Rail Constructors, a joint venture between Tutor Perini (TPC) and Middlesex Corporation, has been named as the apparent low bidder for the $403m rail expansion project in Massachusetts, US.

The joint venture has been selected by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for the South Coast Rail, Middleborough Secondary & New Bedford Main Line Commuter Rail Expansion Project.

The contract involves the construction of approximately 25 miles of trackway and signal systems as well as four new stations with two pedestrian bridges at one of the stations.

Planned to be developed in phases, the South Coast Rail project aims to restore commuter rail service between Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in 2020 and will be completed by the end of 2023

The first phase of the South Coast Rail will provide a one-seat ride by extending the existing Middleborough/Lakeville commuter rail service from Boston to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford. It is planned to be completed late in 2023.

In May this year, MBTA approved a $159m contract with Skanska DW White JV to construct the Fall River Secondary Line of the South Coast Rail project.

The Fall River Secondary Line represents the first major construction package of South Coast Rail Phase 1.

The scope of the Fall River Secondary contract includes the construction of 12 miles of track, eight railroad bridges, one under-grade bridge, 10 grade crossings, six interlockings, 10 culverts, and additional systems infrastructure.

As part of the contract, the Skanska DW White JV will construct two new commuter rail stations in Freetown and Fall River.

The new Freetown Station and Fall River Depot Station will both include accessible high-level side platforms and feature additional amenities that include a drop-off area and bicycle parking.


The proposed site of Fall River Depot under the South Coast Rail project. (Credit: Marcbela (Marc N. Belanger)/Wikipedia)

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