Contract approved to extend Southeast Rail Line in Douglas CountyThe Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors approved a $140 million two-phased contract award to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. (BBII) to design and build the Southeast Rail Extension.
The decision took place during the Board of Directors meeting July 28, 2015.
Design will begin during the fall with construction expected to start in spring 2016.
The construction phase is dependent on award of a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). BBII commits to completing construction of the line by early 2019.
The timing of the start of the construction phase just happens to coincide with the expected opening of East Rail - "A" Line to the airport.
"The board's contract award is a strong symbol of how much we value the collaborative and innovative spirit of working with our regional partners," said RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk. Local businesses and governments in southeast metro Denver came together to make an impressive contribution to the cost of the project.
New rail detailsThe Southeast Rail Extension will build an additional 2.3 miles of light rail on the existing Southeast Rail Line south of Lincoln. The extension will run along the west side of I-25 from the Lincoln Station and then cross over the highway and run along the east side of the highway to the south side of RidgeGate Parkway in Douglas County.
When the extension is complete it will include an end-of-line station at RidgeGate Parkway, plus add 1,300 parking spaces, and bus transfer and kiss-n-ride facilities.
In addition, two more stations will be added as walk-up or neighborhood stations.
One will be adjacent to the Sky Ridge Medical Center, near I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway. The other will be in the planned Lone Tree City Center east of I-25, and south of Lincoln Avenue.
"This extension will make it possible for RTD to connect people in a rapidly growing part of the metro area to the rest of the region, including Denver International Airport," said Dave Genova, RTD's Interim General Manager.
Paying for the projectThe current projected budget for the entire Southeast Rail Extension project is $233.1 million. This total includes the following:
- $34 million that was spent through the end of 2014 on environmental analysis
- Preliminary engineering and design
- Acquisition of eight light rail vehicles
The contractorsThe BBII team is made up by the following expert companies:
- Parsons Brinckerhoff (design)
- Capitol Management (DBE/SBE/WIN)
- Transit Safety & Security Solutions (system safety)
- Systems Consulting, LLC, (quality assurance)
- Communication Infrastructure Group (public information)
The current Southeast Rail Line is 19 miles long and connects passengers at I-25/Broadway to Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County and also runs along I-225 from I-25 to Parker Road in Aurora.