Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CTA taps PB for construction management

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Parsons Brinckerhoff said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has awarded it a to provide construction management services for transit projects throughout the CTA system.

"Under this on-call contract, Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide construction management services in all phases of project delivery from preconstruction through close-out," Parsons Brinckerhoff said in a statement. "The scope of services includes project management, project controls, safety oversight, office/field engineering support, inspection, and quality assurance for the assigned projects."

The first projects authorized under the contract are the south Red Line track renewal and station improvements projects, with construction costs of $220 million and $44 million, respectively. The track renewal project involves the complete reconstruction of track along the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, from the subway portal at 16th Street south to the north stock rail at the 95th Street interlocking, a stretch of nearly 10 miles in length.

The work also includes rehabilitation of portions of the CTA Orange Line and Green Line tracks directly adjacent to the Red Line work, PB said.

Under the station improvement project, eight passenger stations along the south Red Line branch will be rehabilitated with improvements ranging from basic aesthetic enhancements to additional customer amenities, including the rehabilitation of various architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical elements. New elevators will be installed at the three stations, making the entire south Red Line fully accessible to all.

"Both projects have very aggressive schedules with the majority of construction to be completed in less than five months," PB said. "Once completed, these two projects will provide CTA customers with faster, safer, and more reliable service to the south side of the city that will in turn stimulate the local economy resulting in new businesses and jobs for the area."