The city of MILWAUKEE has hired Kiewit Infrastructure of Omaha, Neb., as
lead contractor for its downtown modern streetcar line and construction
could could begin this fall, Milwaukee Business Journal reports:
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Milwaukee hires lead streetcar contractor, allowing work to begin as early
Aug 19, 2016, 2:24pm CDT
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Kiewit Infrastructure Co. of Omaha, Neb., was selected for the estimated
$60 million contract to lead the first phases of Milwaukee’s streetcar
The international contractor has extensive experience in transportation
projects, which weighed heavily in its selection for the Milwaukee
streetcar, saidMilwaukee Department of Public Works
commissioner Ghassan Korban
That experience shows Kiewit Infrastructure’s ability to minimize impacts
on businesses along the route, he said.
"The streetcar vehicles are being manufactured by Brookville
Equipment Corp. in Pennsylvania, and the first one will arrive in Milwaukee
in December 2017."
“They understand what it takes to build an urban rail system in the middle
of a downtown,” Korban said.
Kiewit Infrastructure was among seven companies that competed for the
Milwaukee streetcar contract. Its projects include subway work in Toronto,
a $350 million light rail project in Denver and Aurora, Colo., and rail
projects for the Chicago Transit Authority.
Kiewit Infrastructure will be construction manager for the initial downtown
loop of the streetcar, and the spur leading to the downtown lakefront. It
also will oversee construction of an operations and maintenance facility
for the streetcar vehicles on Fourth Street, underneath the interstate
bridges. The initial streetcar phase will open for service in 2018, and the
lakefront spur will start service in 2019.
Kiewit’s selection means construction work could begin in late fall on the
streetcar system, Korban said.
“The kind of work we would choose to move forward with would have to not be
impacted by inclement weather,” Korban said.
The company will coordinate project scheduling with the city in the coming
months, he said, including timing for ordering major materials such as
“They bring their insight, bring their experience to allow some tweaking to
help expedite or bring greater efficiency to the project,” Korban said.
In addition to experience, Kiewit Infrastructure committed to completing
the project within the city’s allotted budget, Korban said. It has shown a
“tremendous understanding of the local market,” to meet the city’s 21
percent goal for participation of disadvantaged business enterprises, he
said. The contractor also showed good understanding of the training
programs to help meet the city’s resident hiring programs on the
Milwaukee residents in the Residents Preference Program are to work 40
percent of the hours on the construction project.
“They’ve shown full understanding and commitment to adhere to those
requirements,” Korban said.
Edward B. Havens