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MWAA Finalizes Award of Metro Silver Line Contract

A group that includes Clarke Construction, Kiewit Infrastructure, Parsons and Dewberry will build Phase 2.

After previous announcing plans intent to pick Capital Rail Constructors as the contractor for the second phase of Metro’s Silver Line project, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority made it official Wednesday.

The CRC group – which includes Clarke Construction Group, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., Parsons Transportation and Dewberry – will extend the line from the first phase’s last station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn.

“This is the first of many milestones to come for the second phase of the Silver Line,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO. “The Phase 2 contract, awarded through a competitive bid process, and with the coordination and collaboration of our project partners, is moving forward to construction. Its completion will improve the transportation options for those traveling through the region and serve as a major driver for the local economy.”

The contract includes about half of the Phase 2 work, including the stations at Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606 and Route 772/Ashburn.

Bob Bruhns May 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Great! Maybe MWAA, Fairfax County and Loudoun County can make good financing arrangements for this phase of the rail construction now. We won't know, until MONTHS after the ground is broken. Amazingly, this project was allowed to proceed while the financing was uncertain. What are we teaching our children here? "Yes kids, this is the right and proper way to build public infrastructure. First, strong-arm some very controversial plan through, then hide the financial details, and then hire your family members and friends, and accept gifts from contractors. Roll out some economist to make unbelievable projections of fountains of money gushing out of everything because of this project. But don't think about how that happens - just keep on approving little one story coffee shops on undersized roads, when you've approved gigantic developments that call for shopping-mall sized construction now. After all, you've overextended everything, and gerrymandered the business rail tax district, and you forgot about business leasing competition from tax free federal land right next to one of the parking garages that you agreed to try to pay for - so you need every little $50,000 fee you can collect! And then, QUICK! Rush the project to groundbreaking! With the finances all incomplete. That's how it's done, kids!"

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