Thursday, April 19, 2012

Denver RTD: Kiewit LRT bid “worthy”

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Initially caught off-guard from an unsolicited bid March 8 by Kiewit Infrastructure Group to build a FasTracks light rail transit line, Denver's Regional Tranportation District Wednesday said it has evaluated the bid, "and has found it worthy of moving forward to a competitive procurement process."

RTD is scheduled to seek competing bids from other companies sometime this spring via a formal request for proposals. Kiewit and other companies would then have the opportunity to submit a detailed proposal, RTD says.

Kiewit's proposal addresses roughly nine miles of LRT along Interstate 225, which currently has a 10.5 mile gap between South Parker Road and Interstate 70 in Aurora. The route runs near the fast-growing Anschutz Medical Campus. LRT currently operates along I-225 between Interstate 25 and Parker Road. Another rail line is planned along I-70.

"We are happy to see that the concept central to the proposal has merit," said RTD Board Chairman Lee Kemp. "It demonstrates that industry partners have solid, feasible ideas on how to complete FasTracks projects sooner rather than later."

Construction work for the first segment of the I-225 line from Parker Road to Iliff will begin soon under contract through a partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation, RTD said.

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