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By STEVE FREKER
BOSTON — The state has picked a contractor short list to build a multi-billion dollar Green Line extension project stretching to College Avenue in Medford as well as East Cambridge and Somerville.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced “three highly-qualified teams” to complete the roughly $2.3 billion trolley extension project, which would add light rail service from Cambridge to Somerville and Medford.
The short list is: GLX Constructors, made up of Fluor Enterprises Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Herzog Contracting Corp. and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.; Green Line Partners, made up of The Lane Construction Corporation, Salini Impregilo, S.p.A, Judlau Contracting, Inc. and LMH-C.M.C.; di Ravenna Joint Venture, which is made up of LM Heavy Civil Construction, LLC and Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti-C.M.C di Ravenna Societa Cooperativa; and Walsh Barletta Granite, JV, made up of Walsh Construction Company II, LLC, Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. and Granite Construction Inc.
The Green Line extension was delayed because of ballooning costs, and the MBTA is now moving ahead with a revised version of the project while hoping to secure $1 billion in federal funding.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the State House News Service about $700 million has been spent or committed, leaving about $1.5 billion for design-build costs, professional services and real estate.
White-Skanska-Kiewit, JV, the previous contractor, was precluded from major participation as were its member firms, J.F. White Contracting Company, Skanska USA Civil, Northeast and Kiewit Infrastructure Co., according to the T.
Officials evaluated statements of qualifications for the project and the three top design-build teams were selected to compete for the designation. The contract will ultimately be awarded to a single firm which will formulate the plan to design and construct the Green Line extension project.
The three qualified teams will be eligible to receive a request for proposals, according to Pesaturo, who said, “The procurement process and schedule does not contemplate adding more teams.”
“The strong interest in the project from these highly-regarded firms underscores that the project is being taken as seriously by the design build industry as it is by MassDOT and the MBTA,” program manager John Dalton said in a statement. “These firms have the well-earned reputation for delivering complex projects in the United States and abroad.”