Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., has been awarded a contract from the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority for Construction Manager At-Risk (CMAR) for the Tempe Streetcar project.
The $186 million project was organized through the use of various federal, regional and local funds. The transportation authority says construction of the three-mile streetcar line is expected to begin later in 2017, with an anticipated launch set for 2020.
“Stacy and Witbeck has a successful history working with Valley Metro Rail,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell. “Their experience building in the region, attention to safety and community engagement make them a perfect fit on the Tempe Streetcar project.”
Valley Metro and Stacy and Witbeck will partner with the city of Tempe, Stantec, the project designer, and five project artists in addition to the local community to construct the region’s first streetcar line, representatives say.
“We look forward to partnering with the Valley Metro team, the city of Tempe, ASU and the community on this exciting project,” said Erik Yingling, Stacy and Witbeck vice president. “We successfully completed a streetcar line in Kansas City last year and will carry that experience and expertise to Tempe Streetcar.”
Stacy and Witbeck worked with project partner Sundt to build 13 miles of Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. The contractor is also building two additional miles to Gilbert Road and is the CMAR on Valley Metro’s latest station at 50th Street station/Washington.
The Tempe Streetcar line will transport riders along Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. The line will make a downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues before continuing south to Apache Boulevard. The streetcar will then turn east to Dorsey Lane, connecting to the Dorsey/Apache Blvd. station.