Valley Metro taps Kiewit to lead south central light rail extension

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PHOENIX — Valley Metro’s leadership team has unanimously approved Kiewit as construction manager for the south central light rail extension project. Kiewit will work with the transit agency, the city of Phoenix, the project designer, AECOM, and other local stakeholders on building the 5-mile extension.

This won’t be the first time Kiewit has worked with Valley Metro. The firm was responsible for building a segment of the original 20 miles of light rail that opened in 2008 and the 3-mile central Mesa extension that opened in 2015.

The new south central extension will connect downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road. In January 2016, Phoenix city council members approved accelerating light rail projects by creating a regional transportation plan. The decision, which included the south central project, accelerated the project to 2023 from 2034.

Construction on the south central extension will begin in 2019.

The project is being funded by Transportation 2050, a 35-year multimodal tax measure approved by Phoenix area voters in August 2015.

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