DC Streetcar extension moves forward with engineering request

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WASHINGTON — Leaders with the D.C. Department of Transportation are looking for qualified engineering firms to help lead the agency’s 2.4-mile extension of the D.C. Streetcar along Benning Road, the Washington Business Journal reports.

A request for qualifications issued in late September seeks an engineering firm to oversee the streetcar’s extension, bridge and roadway improvements, and various enhancements for nearby bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

The agency is seeking qualified firms capable of designing multiple streetcar stations and three traction power facilities. The project also looks at replacing the Benning Road Bridge and two interchange ramps, while rehabilitating the Ethel Kennedy Bridge spanning the Anacostia River.

Earlier this year, D.C. council leaders approved $6.6 million for the Benning Road extension as part of the District’s total $13.8 billion budget. The Benning extension project comes with a $199 million price tag.

Construction is on schedule to begin in 2021 and will be completed in 2023. Project leaders are currently preparing an environmental estimate.

The original 2.4-mile streetcar opened in February 2016.

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