Kiewit Infrastructure Corp., leveraging its experience and expertise in rebuilding tracks and stations on the north end of the Red Line, has landed the job to rebuild the south end of the workhorse rail line next year.
Kiewit submitted the lowest bid for the track work component of project at $220.1 million, according to the CTA. Work will start next spring to replace all track, ties, ballast and drainage systems from Cermak/Chinatown to 95th Street. The bid for the total $425 million project was under project estimates. The project will close the south end of the Red Line for five months.
The CTA reports that Kiewit also slightly exceeded its target of 28 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation—reaching 29.3 percent. Kiewit will hire 23 DBE subcontractors, with more than 50 percent based in Chicago.
The total DBE contact dollar amount is $66.5 million, with 60.6 percent going to African-American firms, 23.8 percent to Hispanic firms, 3.5 percent to Asian firms, and 12.1 percent to women-owned firms.
So far, Kiewit has finished north Red Line station and weekend track work on time, doing a nice along the way. We expect the same next year on the South Side.