Courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City Approves Streetcar Contract



Photo courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal
Photo courtesy of Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Council has approved a construction manager at risk contract with a joint venture of St. Joseph heavy contractor Herzog Contracting Corp. and California rail builder Stacy and Witbeck Inc. The ordinance authorizes the city to enter into a contract with the joint venture that will allow the team to lead the construction process.

The approval came after a heated business session centered around the contract and weeks of speculation of whether or not questions about the contract would be enough to derail it. Kiewit-Clarkson Infrastructure Co., the second-place bidder for the contract on Kansas City’s streetcar project, wants the city to walk away from the winning bid and go with its bid. The estimated project cost is $102 million, and the streetcar is scheduled to begin operating in 2015 on a 2.2-mile line running along Main Street from the River Market to Union Station.

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