Phase 2 of Silver Line gets underway

silver-lineThe train is about to leave the station. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has formally issued instructions to begin Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, otherwise known as the Silver Line from Reston to Dulles Airport.

“This is an important milestone,” said Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter.  “The Notice to Proceed allows Capital Rail Constructors to get to work making rail to Dulles a reality.  This means crews will soon be in the field surveying, performing site preparations and making geological assessments while they finalize permits and other design work. Actual construction work using heavy equipment and cranes will likely begin in spring of 2014.”

The actual work will be performed by Capital Rail Constructors, a joint venture of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South, which won the contract for the job earlier this year.

Capital Rail Constructors will build six stations in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, 11.4 miles of track and guideways and wayside components. The stations are Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center near Route 28, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606 and Route 772/Ashburn. The notice sets a construction completion period of 60 months, targeting completion for July 2018.

“Ten years ago rail to Dulles and beyond was still just a hopeful idea,” said Airports Authority Chairman Michael Curto. “Today it is on its way to becoming a reality as we formally initiate Phase 2 of rail to Dulles. There is still much work to be done on both Phase 1 and Phase 2, but this Notice to Proceed represents an important milestone toward increased transportation connectivity for the region.”

The announcement comes as the Airports Authority and its Phase 1 contractor Dulles Transit Partners are 94 percent complete with construction of Phase 1 of the Silver Line from East Falls Church, through Tysons Corner, to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern side of Reston. Phase 1 will have five stations, including four in the Tysons Corner area.

“Capital Rail Constructors is excited to receive the Notice to Proceed on the Rail to Dulles – Phase 2 project, which is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation,” said Capital Rail Constructors Project Director Mahmoud Hosseini. “We look forward to working closely with MWAA, its funding partners and WMATA to deliver this monumental project to the Washington metropolitan area. This project will have important long term economic impact on the community and the region through the creation of significant employment and local business opportunities.”

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